Virtualization: Virtualization: 10 Signs a Multi-Hypervisor Strategy Is the Best Move

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-05-03 Print this article Print
Early Movers

Early Movers

You were an early and aggressive adopter of virtual infrastructure.
As companies bring their assets together under a common virtualized framework, traditional roles and responsibilities are morphing as departmental silos merge. With the accelerating trend of more intelligence and management being handled at the hypervisor layer, the roles of the virtualization administrator and storage administrator are converging, with more of the provisioning, data protection and performance optimization being done by the virtualization admin. The common industry practice of standardizing on one hypervisor platform in an IT organization is giving way to widespread adoption of a multi-hypervisor strategy. As a result of pricing pressures, platform maturity and a desire to avoid vendor lock-in, IT organizations will aggressively pursue a multi-hypervisor strategy. The additional complexity this presents will drive the adoption of solutions that help IT orchestrate and manage efficiently and derive value, regardless of the hypervisor it's running. This is because simplicity often comes with a big price tag associated with lock-in, lack of leverage in vendor negotiations and the inability to deploy best-of-breed solutions to support business needs. As server consolidation initiatives mature and virtual infrastructure projects expand, many CIOs are finding that a one-size-fits-all approach to server virtualization is simply not the right approach. Our main resource for this slide show is Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink Corp., who has more than 25 years of enterprise software and technology experience at both Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups. Here are LeBlanc's 10 signs that your enterprise should evaluate a multi-hypervisor strategy.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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