In earlier posts, I laid out what some in the industry are calling "Virtualization 2.0" and what some of the barriers are to adopting that approach. Now I'm going to turn to the attributes of this notion that will tend to accelerate adoption. What are the Benefits of Virtualization 2.0?
Achievable benefits of "Virtualization 2.0"
With the proper planning and correct implementation, the use of virtualization technology can bring the following benefits:
- Higher application availability than can be found on a single industry standard system.
- Scalability beyond what can be found using a single industry standard system
- Higher application performance
- Optimization of current environment
- Application agility and mobility
- Streamline application development and delivery
- No need to over provision to obtain reasonable service levels
- "Green computing" (lower power consumption, lower heat generation, smaller datacenter footprint)
- Other ideas?
Will this be enough?
Since IT organizations are both fragmented and conservative, the benefits must be realized in a very short period of time. Often the benefits are going to be measured first in the terms of money saved or money earned. Later, the metrics of reliability, availability, etc. will come into play.
Organizations are moving in this direction now. New applications are being developed using this approach. Older applications may never be deployed in this fashion. Each organization will move in this direction in its own time and in its own way.
What is your organization doing?