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?