Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back

by Michael Vizard; illustrated by Brian Moore

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 1. Buzzword Bonanza

With the advent of server, storage and application virtualization, nobody is sure of what anybody is referring to anymore. Does anybody want a JVM to go with that other virtual machine?

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 1. Buzzword Bonanza

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 2. Product Proliferation

Between VMware, Microsoft, XenSource, Virtual Iron and whatever else may come, nobody knows if they want hosted, hypervisor or now para-virtualization, or why they need what.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 2. Product Proliferation

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 3. Vendor Politics

Arguments between Red Hat and Novell in the Linux community and the squabbling between VMware and Microsoft just serve to freeze the market.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 3. Vendor Politics

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 4. Server Consolidation

Virtualization is tightly coupled with server consolidation, which brings a whole new set of system issues, concerns about network performance and higher energy costs.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 4. Server Consolidation

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 5. Virtual Performance

The virtualization of file servers is all well and fine, but trying to apply it to a database server just creates all kinds of counterproductive I/O performance issues.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 5. Virtual Performance

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 6. Waiting for Virtual Godot

Systems running the next generation of built-in virtualization technology from Intel and AMD that add a lot of value to the equation are just now coming to market.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 6. Waiting for Virtual Godot

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 7. Waiting for Virtual Godot II

Microsoft and VMware are now giving away some virtual machines for free, but the one that everybody wants for free won't show up until sometime after Windows Server 2008 shows up.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 7. Waiting for Virtual Godot II

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 8. The Black Box Syndrome

For the most part, virtual machines are closed operating systems that offer very little visibility into how they work, creating the potential for vendor lock-in.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 8. The Black Box Syndrome

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 9. License Management

In a virtual world, nobody is sure if they are in or out of compliance with their application licenses.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 9. License Management

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 10. No Virtual Management

Virtual machine sprawl is making it more rather than less difficult to manage the overall IT infrastructure.

Ten Things Holding Virtualization Back - 10. No Virtual Management

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