Cloud Computing Boosts Virtualization Trend
In the not so distant past, the idea of putting databases, ERP, CRM and unified communications systems in virtual environments would frighten IT administrators, but today virtualization technology has made great strides in performance and reliability, reports CRN. Barriers to virtualizing mission critical or tier one applications are disappearing and easing the minds of IT administrators around the world. The widespread acceptance of cloud computing has also been a big boost to the virtualization trend.
"'We're telling customers that the more you virtualize, the better it will be for you when you move to cloud,' said Bobby Mulligan, director of online and cloud services at Champion Solutions Group. 'At first, they're cautious, until they get the performance matching up to what production requires. After they see that, they're a lot more willing to adopt virtualization.'"Virtualization now includes mission critical applications.