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Certeon: Where Virtualization is Headed in 2009

What do virtualization executives think about 2009?  A VMBlog.com Series Exclusive.

Contributed by Shawn Cooney, Co-Founder and Director of Research, Certeon

The dynamic enterprise has long been sought after by IT managers.  But until recently, legacy system sprawl has prevented the truly dynamic enterprise to take hold.  Because vendors hawking proprietary appliances had so much invested in the game, they continued to churn out products that only added to the system sprawl and increased vendor lock-in.  This situation created a complex mesh of enterprise technologies that were expensive to build and were not delivering true business value.  With the emergence of virtualization, the promises of the dynamic enterprise are within reach, but only if the market continues to move forward and extend virtualization beyond the data center server.  The year 2008 was heavily focused on virtualizing data centers all over the world—which resulted in big savings, and a solid foundation for the next stage of the enterprise.  But this foundation, while an important start, won’t make today’s enterprise as dynamic as it could be until virtualization technologies extend well beyond the parameters of the datacenter.

A recent Gartner report cited virtualization as one of the top 10 strategic technologies for 2009.  With virtualization already firmly entrenched in the datacenter, it is reasonable to assume that IT managers will begin to look for new ways to leverage the benefits of virtualization.  In 2009, we will see virtualization begin to be applied to the remote office.  These locations host many different workloads, such as directory services, file services, security, backup, replication, communication gateways, application servers, routing, switching, WAN optimization and application servers.  Most of these operations are handled by physical appliances built for each individual purpose—and built for the enterprise of the past thirty years.  2009 should be the dawn of a new era, where virtualization can successfully integrate with dynamic, fluid hypervisors and put an end to legacy system sprawl. 

Virtualization technologies are reaching the tipping point by enabling boosted productivity across global enterprises, and are showing benefits that extend beyond IT value in the datacenter.  As a result, virtualization will be everywhere in 2009, from desktops to applications to security.  Over the next year, we will begin to see that virtualized server, storage, client and network capabilities are going to have a direct impact on the entire workforce, including the (mostly neglected until now) branches or regional offices.  This will in turn create new demands and complexities for systems, networks, and an enterprise’s entire infrastructure.

The resulting impact will be felt by users across the entire enterprise.  Those most affected will be users with constrained resources in remote, branch and regional offices, and by individual workers logging  hours from the road.  Enterprises that have the foresight to look ahead and adopt widespread virtualization will fare the best in this environment.  Eventually, the gap between static infrastructure and new software innovations will close and pave the way for a more dynamic virtualized enterprise, empowered by the continued advancements made specifically for the application layer.  The year 2009 will see the next phase of virtualization and will set into motion the various pieces for a fully virtualized, dynamic global enterprise to become the ultimate reality.    

Shawn Cooney is the Co-Founder and Director of Research of Certeon

Published Tuesday, December 09, 2008 7:02 PM by David Marshall
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