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Veeam 2013 Predictions: Hypervisor Coexistence and Enterprise Capabilities in the SMB

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Contributed article by Doug Hazelman, Vice President, Product Strategy, and Chief Evangelist, Veeam

Hypervisor Coexistence and Enterprise Capabilities in the SMB

2012 was the year virtualization became mainstream, with more than half of all workstreams taking place in a virtual environment. It's a tipping point for virtualization and a sign of market and technological maturity. 

The maturation of virtualization has big implications for the SMB: virtualization is bringing functionality within reach that was previously exclusive to the enterprise due to complexity, high cost, or both. SMBs are already taking advantage of replication to offsite disaster recovery locations, automatic recoverability testing of backups, and near CDP. As virtualization technology continues to advance, expect to see SMBs taking advantage of additional functions that today are "enterprise-only."

The continued maturation of virtualization will also mean IT admins in both SMB and large enterprises will pay more attention to how well tools and apps work within the virtual environment than they will to how they play in the physical environment. Virtualization has become primary, and physical more of a niche.   Of course, that's not to say that physical is unimportant, but this shift in emphasis will have enormous implications for administrators, developers and solution providers. Virtual, not physical, capabilities have become table stakes, and are no longer just nice-to-have features.

Another point - as more IT organizations virtualize even more of their infrastructure, 2013 will bring some very interesting developments for IT and the hypervisor market in general, because, now that there are multiple hypervisors capable of meeting the needs of enterprise environments, it begs an interesting question for 2013: will hypervisor coexistence finally become commonplace?

The answer is a most unsatisfying "yes and no." Coexistence in 2013 won't mean parallel hypervisor environments running in most main data centers, but instead will arise in specific use cases and circumstances.

One such specific use case would be for remote and branch offices. These offices often have a minimal IT infrastructure, with only one, or sometimes no IT administrator at all. In these offices it may make more sense to deploy a different hypervisor than the one running in the main data center, especially if it's only going to support a few key applications.

Likewise, for organizations that have numerous IT silos, unique application deployments, or specific needs for a particular business unit, the deployment of a different hypervisor may be more appealing to local administrators. For instance, the organization may run on one hypervisor in the primary data center, but for a VDI deployment, the relatively autonomous desktop group may want to run something different. In other cases, adding another hypervisor may make more sense from a feature, functionality or cost perspective, and, because the IT organization is siloed, admins in these departments have the flexibility to deploy a different solution.

Finally, while there will be instances in which entire organizations are running two hypervisors in parallel, these situations will most likely occur when organizations are migrating from one primary hypervisor to another. With the majority work streams running in the virtual environment, these types of changeovers will most definitely not take place overnight.  As a result, IT will need to manage two different virtual environments side by side for a period of time.

2012 was a big year for virtualization as it finally vaulted over physical to become the dominant IT infrastructure. 2013 will be the year that both IT admins and the market in general come to grips with what that titanic shift really means and the impact it will have.


About the Author

Doug Hazelman is Vice President, Product Strategy, and Chief Evangelist. Doug consults with customers, partners and industry analysts on key considerations for implementing virtual server infrastructures. He works with Veeam's R&D team to enhance and develop new Veeam products to address market needs, and advises customers on best practices for managing virtual environments. Doug shares his expertise via the Veeam blog and other social media outlets. Doug has spoken about virtualization management at VMworld, the Nordic Virtualization Conference, Interop, and other events including regional VMUG meetings. He is a VMware vExpert for 2011 and has also appeared on's "Ask the Experts."

Prior to joining Veeam, Doug was an IT infrastructure consultant with Bennett Adelson. Earlier in his career he was the director of Product Management for Migration Solutions at Quest Software. Doug was with Aelita Software in various technical and product management roles for more than five years before it was acquired by Quest Software in 2004.

Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:00 AM by David Marshall
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