Myth: Virtualization Increases the Speed of Delivering IT Services

Myth: Virtualization Increases the Speed of Delivering IT Services

Summary: Does virtualization, in the form of virtual machine software, really speed the implementation of IT cloud services? Jason Crowie of Embotics thinks not.


Jason Cowie, Embotic's VP of Product Management, is my guest blogger today. Here are his thoughts on whether virtualization, in the form of virtual machine software, really does increase the speed of delivering IT services. Thanks, Jason for offering your thoughts.

Myth:  Virtualization Increases the Speed of Delivering IT Services

While the delivery of virtual machines is indisputably faster than deploying physical machines, it is often assumed that this also streamlines the process of deploying IT Services (applications). Virtualization can be used as an accelerator for building out highly dynamic cloud based services, however, the fact remains that while provisioning and deploying VMs has been greatly simplified, application deployments are still complicated and dependent on People, Processes and Technology.

Sure, in a perfect world where organizations only run one application on one type of OS, and one version of that application – virtualization can certainly automate the entire process of application delivery.  QA and development environments have been realizing this benefit for years.  However, what happens when organizations begin to accelerate their adoption and begin migrating mission critical, multi-tier applications to the virtual data center?

Unfortunately, we live in an IT service world that is comprised of ever increasing complexity requiring in-depth knowledge of application deployment, application dependencies, application monitoring and a deep understanding of security and regulatory requirements.  Combine this with the myth that applications deployed in the virtual data center can be delivered faster, cheaper, and easier, it is no surprise that some operations teams are struggling to meet these expectations.  How many times has the underlying virtual infrastructure (VMs) been provisioned in minutes, while the actual delivery of services takes hours, days, or in certain cases, weeks.

To the surprise of many, the deployment of IT services in a virtual world still requires the coordination and collaboration of teams spanning operations, security, storage, network, server and applications. At this point, I must ask: does virtualization add to the complexity of delivering applications by frequently adding another isolated ‘team’ to IT? If we measure solely the time it takes to deliver the IT service, shouldn’t we also measure how well the teams collaborate across the silos that are required to deliver those services?

Perhaps virtualization is making us virtually blind to the reality that legacy processes, technology and approaches are inadequate for delivering IT services in the cloud. Unless the virtual data center becomes the catalyst for the convergence and alignment of security, operations, application, server, storage and network teams towards common 'goals and SLAs', we will continue to live the reality that delivering cloud-ready services require a little more than work than just ‘right click – deploy.

Topics: CXO, Browser, Cloud, Hardware, Storage, Virtualization


Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • RE: Myth: Virtualization Increases the Speed of Delivering IT Services

    OS virtualization certainly increases the speed for delivering applications to my customers big time...
  • RE: Myth: Virtualization Increases the Speed of Delivering IT Services

    All I have to say is of course you would still have to install the application and coordinate deployment. Nobody said that the initial switch to virtualization would be no problem. Its the times after that, if the environment was set up correctly, where time is saved. I do right click my base server vm and deploy it and in 3 seconds have a new server with all the configs set the way I want. Now I put the app on there...voila. Still have to install stuff but the servers are pre packaged with a little bit of work.
  • New Technology does not always = Speed to Deploy

    Ahhh the yin and yang of new technology. The short sided cost saving and time saving view, we don?t have to buy and configure hardware and the longer term view of operationalizing the workloads by service enabling them to be supported. Totally agree virtualization has to be embraced and deployed as a cost saver, absolutely. As with any techno gadget, it should be evaluated for good use and enabled to be supported to reap the greatest rewards. Read more...

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