Seven Data Virtualization Keys
Consider applying seven secrets practiced by your enterprise counterparts to make your own advanced data virtualization projects and architectures successful.
As Arthur Cole points out, the conventional wisdom on virtual infrastructure technology has been that it's just not stable enough to entrust with an enterprise's "crown jewels": mission-critical applications. The advantages of virtualization, such as cost reduction and data center consolidation, can't be fully realized if these important apps remain outside of the transition.
However, a growing number of virtual solutions target this reliability concern with the goal of making virtual systems more dependable than - or at least as dependable as - their physical counterparts. Rather than just focusing on server performance alone, solutions like those provided by Virtual Instruments and Zing provide better management functions, integration with other technologies and visibility across mixed types of infrastructure. Valid reasons for not moving top-tier business applications into the virtual realm might become increasingly scarce if solutions like these prove successful.
But what if you're an IT decision-maker in the early stages of assessing what virtualization can do for you? You'll want to start by taking a look at the tools, checklists, book excerpts and calculators that address virtualization in the Knowledge Network. These resources help you determine if virtualization is right for you and explain how to plan and implementa transition.
We're interested in hearing your experiences with virtualization and virtual infrastructure solutions. If your organization has recently adopted a virtualization strategy, or if it has already moved its most important applications into virtual environments, we encourage you to share your stories with our community of IT professionals.
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