Virtualization Options Expand
Opinion: Economic, societal and technological trends spur growth.Remember when nothing was virtualized in the high-tech world? When servers were servers and software was software and firm boundaries existed that any bean counter could calculate? You need more capacity? Then you need to buy one more server and one more operating system to go with that server. You want two more servers? Well, do the math. As the recent news coming from events such as the VMworld conference in San Francisco indicate, the era of virtualization is now fully upon the technology industry. If you cant show how your product operates in this new virtual layer above the traditional operating system and below where the productivity applications reside, you cant come to the party. However, unlike other virtual worldsthat would be the avatar-populated worlds, including Second Lifethe current changeover to virtualized IT infrastructure is real and a valuable goal for CIOs to pursue. Three larger economic trends beyond technology developments are helping to propel virtualization.
The first trend is the uncertainty that now darkens the economy. Traditionally, when the economy gets shaky, IT budgets swing from investments that can spur growth to investments that can save money. Right now, you would be hard-pressed to find companies willing to build out new capacity to meet growth projections that may or may not happen in 2008.