CIO View of Server Virtualization
Server virtualization has been the single most successful technological development in the data center realm over the past year to 18 months. For those CIOs who saw the trend and are well down the virtualization vapor trail: Congratulations! Now come the hard questions. What are the implications of a virtualized server infrastructure? What unintended consequences have IT departments encountered, and where does Burton Group see this new model for computing delivery headed?Server virtualization is a technology that has taken hold with amazing speed and is now firmly entrenched with overwhelming success in many data centers. This perspective document recaps why you should be moving ahead quickly with virtualization (if you havent already done so), what the implications are for IT and the business, and what the future holds as the ramifications of virtualization become apparent. It is important that CIOs understand the technical, political, and organizational effects of this new technology so that they are better prepared to discuss virtualization plans with their technical staff.