The musings of an IT Consultant

Nov 21 2008   2:42AM GMT

Traditional servers vs Virtualized ones…

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks, this is going to be a bit of a rant….. You see lately I’ve been running into more and more people who refuse to embrace virtualization. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about the people with real legitimate reasons not to virtualize. I’m talking about the people who have servers that scream “virtualize me!” and they still haven’t done it yet.

You see in this day and age with the plethora of virtualization options out there and the very stable product offerings from VMware (come on, they’ve been out for years!), there really is no good reason not to go out and virtualize unless you have very specific hardware requirements that mandates that you cannot use VMware.

However, for the majority of people out there they can easily virtualize most of, if not their entire server environment. I find myself scratching my head as to why these people do not want to virtualize. For example for all of you out there with Windows file servers, Exchange servers, print servers, SQL servers, terminal servers, Citrix servers, BES servers and domain controllers – why haven’ t you virtualized yet? I and countless others in the industry have virtualized these servers with no problems whatsoever. What are you waiting for?

So why haven’t these people virtualized yet? I can only surmise one thing. They’re scared. They’re scared of what’s new and are afraid to have to learn a new piece of software. They’re afraid they’ll lose control of their data center and have to hire external consultants to manage things if they haven’t used virtualization themselves before.

Well fear not any longer. Download the free copies of the various different virtualization products out there and give them a whirl. Use this as an opportunity to learn and embrace virtualization. Because if you are afraid to learn new things and are afraid of change, what the heck are you doing working in the IT field!?!?

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