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The Dark Side of Virtualization

Arthur Cole

So you thought you knew exactly what you were getting with server virtualization? Management consultant Scott Feuless, writing in Virtual Strategy Magazine, seeks to implode a number of myths based on the idea that virtualization is an end to itself.

 

Feuless argues that virtualization doesn't reduce costs either in personnel or software licensing agreements. After all, whether real or virtual, a server is a server and still has to be managed by an actual person and utilized by someone's software -- someone who'll want to get paid.

 

He's also got some things to say regarding virtual server reliability and the kind of objective help you can actually expect from vendors.

 

Virtualization is still a useful innovation, but only as part of an overall optimization effort. As any good manager will tell you, set your goals first, then figure out the best methods, and in IT's case the best technologies, to achieve them.


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Apr 13, 2007 1:12 AM alan moore alan moore  says:
If you believe that virtualization "doesnt reduce costs either in personnel or software licensing agreements" you should have a look at how Parsons Inc. saved $1 million a year with Endeavors AppExpress, with a major impact on support staff levels.http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=282928&pageNumber=2From the article- "Parsons may have saved as much as $1 million last year from the streaming technology, which served 600 PCs. We are cutting the cost of IT support almost to nothing, he says." Done correctly virtualization will achieve massive cuts in personnel and can addoitionally save your company from the financial penalties and shame of being caught using illegal copies of software. Reply

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