What happens when a technology reaches critical mass in the enterprise? Costs begin to fall, more folks begin talking about it, and it begins moving downmarket. And then come the articles questioning whether the technology is right for SMBs.
The pattern is certainly holding true for virtualization. A recent VARBusiness article concludes that while server virtualization can produce business benefits for SMBs -- including improved disaster recovery -- cost benefits are most compelling for those who want to contain server sprawl. And "sprawl" isn't a word that would apply to many SMB systems.
That doesn't appear to be stopping SMBs from at least experimenting with virtualization, says IT Business Edge blogger Arthur Cole. In fact, virtualization is driving interest in network attached storage (NAS), another technology once largely confined to bigger businesses.
ZDNet blogger Dan Kusnetzky notes the same trend and urges SMBs to consider not just server virtualization and storage virtualization, but also application virtualization and access virtualization. He offers several specific use instances for all of these.