Measuring the True Cost of Virtualization

    The common virtualization wisdom of the day is that IT organizations can save money by consolidating physical servers. But nothing in IT is ever free, and right now IT organizations are discovering that the ongoing cost of managing virtual machines can easily exceed the one-time savings provided by consolidating physical servers.

    That’s why IT organizations need to pay closer attention to how they go about calculating the return on investment associated with virtualization. To address this issue, Akorri has created a set of BalancePoint management tools and related ROI calculators specifically designed for measuring the value of virtualization investments.

    BalancePoint applies an analytics engine to the process of managing virtual machine deployment. That data is then fed into an ROI Calculator offering that helps IT organizations identify the true costs of virtualization.

    According to Lisa Crewe, product marketing director for Akorri, BalancePoint inlcudes key performance indicators and the ability to measure the impact of virtualization all the way out to storage services.

    There is no free ride when it comes to virtualization. In fact, virtual server environments are more complex to manage than physical servers. That means IT organizations need to be more efficient when deciding to embrace virtualization than ever before.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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