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Appcore Predictions: Virtualization Trends 2013

VMblog Predictions

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013.  Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed article by Appcore CTO, Michael Keen

Virtualization Trends 2013

Virtualization is now spreading through enterprise for a variety of mission critical workloads. In addition to the ‘virtual first' approach that some enterprises are taking for everyday workloads, virtualization usage is a key ingredient to making the move to a cloud operating model. Key trends in virtualization in 2013 and beyond will drive a larger adoption of cloud operating models.

1.    Virtualization Maturity Assessments Increase

As most organizations prepare for a move to cloud, they are discovering that they are not prepared at an organizational level to keep up with the demands that an agile virtualization infrastructure requires. Organizations will embark on self-administered or technology partner-driven maturity assessments to determine their current state and provide a clear decision on their future state.

2.    Increased Adoption of Virtualization Management Best Practices

Once organizations complete the analysis and assessment of their current state of virtualization efforts, most will start to implement or improve their current virtualization management best practices. With more workloads destined for virtual platforms, management best practices are critical to that success, and this adoption will increase from its levels in the low to mid-20% range to the mid-30% range.

3.    Converged Infrastructure Approach

Independent research firm, Wikibon, forecasted that by 2017, two-thirds of IT infrastructure would be delivered through converged offerings. Customers will adopt a converged infrastructure approach to assist in the implementation of virtualization management best practices. This will minimize the complexity that exists around current management tools and the existence of multiple server pools.

4.    Private and Hybrid Cloud are top of Mind

As more organizations hear and read about the public cloud outages, more firms will open to building their own private IaaS services. This creates challenges for the current state of IT and makes the need for virtualization maturity assessments and management best practice adoption that much more important.

Virtualization is the foundation for what IT needs to do to help businesses stay competitive. The increased adoption of virtualization technologies will help IT move from the inflexible, costly architectures of the past to a shared, service-oriented infrastructure, that delivers more value to the business and their customers. Rather than acting as an obstacle to change, IT becomes the business enabler to maximize return, mitigate risk, improve performance and increase agility.

We live and work in a world of accelerating change. To thrive in this world we must be able to embrace change quickly, thoroughly and efficiently. Traditional enterprise models have always emphasized just the opposite view: that change is the exception. The reality is that rapid change is the norm and IT must evolve the enterprise models, people, processes and technology to acknowledge that truth. Virtualization helps accomplish this and is a critical component of that evolution.

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About the Author

Michael Keen is the Chief Technology Officer at Appcore.  Along with being a business strategist, enterprise architect, frequent keynote speaker, blogger and industry analyst who works with business and technical leaders in large companies to apply emerging technology to drive digital transformation and growth, Michael is involved with advising startups looking to enter the US market.

Published Friday, January 04, 2013 1:46 PM by David Marshall
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