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Server virtualization interest overstated

Quoting from Computer World

Last week I posted about Virtualization pitfall warning, and now I've just found this survey result story here at Computerworld: Survey: Interest in server virtualization overstated.

The headline is that while 38% or respondents said they would try virtualization within a year, the reality is that less than half of those would actually go ahead and do so.

The article also goes on to point out virtualization, even taking into consideration the current hardware virtualization options in CPUs from Intel and AMD, and software-based solutions like VMware, it is currently more of a buzzword and less an active principle and that it'll take some time before it becomes more popular and mainstream.

From my perspective, I couldn't have achieved half of the work I did over the last five years without virtualization of some kind. Some of that virtualization is on the desktop; but for two years I used virtualization at the server end to provide some core services and facilities.

If I can see the benefit as a very small company, why has it taken so long to catch on among the SMBs and SMEs where the benefits of lower hardware costs, better utilization and lower power and cooling requirements make the decision an obvious one?

The original article can be found here.

Published Tuesday, September 19, 2006 3:53 PM by David Marshall
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