At Gartner’s Data Center Summit 2007 in London yesterday, analysts said virtualization will be the most significant factor in adding agility to data centers through 2012.
I think we already figured that, since virtualization can significantly cut back the number of servers, space, power and cooling demands in data centers.
The takeaway from Gartners declaration: If you aren’t at least looking at virtualization for your data center, you are falling behind businesses that already are — and that isn’t a good place to be.
Gartner had some recommendations to organizations planning or implementing virtualization:
- When looking at IT projects, balance the virtualized and unvirtualized services. Also look at the investments and trade-offs;
- Reuse virtualized services across the portfolio. Every new project does not warrant a new virtualization technology or approach;
- Understand the impact of virtualization on the project’s life cycle. In particular, look for licensing, support and testing constraints;
- Focus not just on virtualization platforms, but also on the management tools and the impact on operations;
- Look for emerging standards for the management and virtualization space.