Weigh Risks and Benefits of Virtualization

John Storts

Virtualization (the creation of a virtual data center) brings many benefits, but it also poses risks. IT Business Edge delivers the news, expert opinions, interviews and tools you need to make the best IT decisions for your organization. Our editors and guest bloggers offer valuable insight into the potential good and bad of implementing a virtual strategy.

 

Arthur Cole provides a handy slideshow that illustrates many of the key benefits of virtualizing your data center. One of the benefits, consolidation, can save hardware expense and energy. And yet, he identifies things that are holding enterprises back from reaping those benefits. In addtion, Paul Mah notes that scale may make virtualization's benefits have less impact in the SMB world, therefore making it less attractive. When it comes to business expenses in current economic conditions, who wants to spend money on something that won't save money?

 

Regardless of the size of your organization, you don't want to go into virtualization blindly. IT Business Edge and the Knowlege Network shine a light in all corners, dark or otherwise.

 

Tools

Green Data Center Calculator - Virtualization

The Green Data Center Energy-Efficiency Checklist


 

Book Excerpts

Virtualization For Dummies Excerpt

Practical Virtualization Solutions Excerpt

 

Slideshows

Seven Keys to Data Virtualization Success

How IT Can Save SMBs Big Money



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