Cloud and virtualization technologies focus on evolving application infrastructures into a more dynamic platform.
In today’s dynamic business climate, organizations are challenged with managing an ever-growing amount of business applications, often requiring extreme processing capabilities, a large amount of IT resources and about 70% of the overall IT budget. As applications continue to increase in complexity, and IT resources become scarce, organizations are in need of simple technologies that can help them reduce costs, quicken time to market and enhance their levels of customer service.
Most people will tell you that virtualization is about saving money. And that’s true. By virtualizing resources you can increase the utilization of your server and storage inventory, reduce your space requirements, and even reduce your software costs. But that’s not the real benefit.
What virtualization is really about is improving time to market by allowing the IT department to be more responsive to the demands of the business. Virtualization allows new services to be created without the provision of new infrastructure – you simply share what you already have. New services can be created within minutes rather than weeks, enabling you to respond instantly to changes in the market. And there’s more. Because services use virtual resources they can be deleted just as easily as they can be created, and the resources they use simply go back into the pool for redeployment. What this means is that you can capture short-term market opportunities without making capital investment. You can take more risks and be more agile.
Virtualization is also about regaining control. In the virtualized world you no longer have to justify capital expenditure on the basis of individual projects. By taking a corporate view of capacity requirements you can simplify the whole procurement process, take advantage of economies of scale to secure more favorable discount structures and even move towards utility-based charging models.
Virtualization is really about changing the way that you do business.