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