Virtualization: The hot trend you can no longer ignore
By Daniel Burrus
September 14, 2011 —
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Healthcare is just one example. Could people who do sales, R&D, purchasing, delivery, sourcing, shipping, accounting, and a host of other functions benefit from a Watson-like supercomputer in the palm of their hand? Yes. Could it make them work smarter, better and more effective? Most definitely!
The game changer
Part of this evolution of virtualization and cloud computing is that we can now virtualize various components of IT. And in the near future, we’ll start seeing IT-as-a-service (much like how SaaS became popular). This means that much of the IT department will be virtualized and running in the cloud.
The benefits of IT-as-a-service are immense. Not only will it save money, but it will also increase speed and agility. Since your servers aren’t being used 100% all the time, the efficiency varies. With IT-as-a-service, a company will be able to scale in real time as demand dictates by the nanosecond. As sales increase, the system will instantly self-configure. As sales decrease, it does the same. Now you’re only paying for what you’re using.
In this case, you’ll be able to benefit from dynamic resource allocation, so you’re able to maximize what you have and what you’re paying for at all times.
IT-as-a-service is a game changer. Because you now have components of the IT department existing in the cloud, you’re freeing your in-house IT staff to shift from a maintenance mode to an innovation mode. As such, your IT department can focus on achieving business goals, creating innovative solutions, and driving sales rather than upgrading individual user’s computers and firefighting everyday problems. It allows the IT department to really look at the industry trends unfolding so your company can give customers the products and services they’d ask for, if they only knew what was possible.
It’s time to V-enable the organization
In terms of implementing virtualization and cloud-computing options, organizations are now starting to move quickly. Virtualization received a big push in 2009 and 2010 because of the recession, which prompted many companies to cut their IT budgets. Companies realized that one way to save money is through virtualization. For example, virtual desktops alone lower costs by 15%.