Virtualization, A Vital Stepping Stone to the Cloud
Virtualization technology has advanced tremendously over the past few years. Virtualization simplifies the process of sharing computer resources and allows the maximum use of hardware investment. A majority of today’s cloud solutions are built on virtualization technology.
Consequently, many companies are going ahead with the virtualization of their IT environment for increased IT agility, flexibility, and scalability in addition to cost savings.
Virtualization enables workloads to get deployed faster, increases performance and availability, and simplifies datacenter management. It helps organizations to reduce capital and operating costs, and to effectively eliminate or minimize downtime.
Is Virtualization the Right Fit?
While virtualization abstracts computing resources with associated storage and networking connectivity, the cloud determines the mode of allocation, delivery and presentation of the virtualized resources. Though virtualization is not mandatory for creating a cloud environment, it scores over nonvirtualized environments in the rapid scaling of resources.
Some of the aspects to be considered while going in for a virtualization solution include total cost of expenditure (TCO), operational expenditures (OPEX) and capital expenditures (CAPEX), integration with other systems, security needs and scalability requirements.
Organizations that work on a CAPEX model and need greater control over integration and security tend to prefer virtualization, while those working on an OPEX model, with fewer security concerns and less IT staff prefer to go in for the cloud.
Selecting the Correct Vendor
Organizations looking to adopt a virtualization solution for their business need to take cognizance of pointers key aspects such as the vision and public roadmap of the solution, and the vendor’s track record of product innovation, success and customer adoption. Vendor’s relationship with key businesses and industry-specific independent software vendors (ISVs), resellers, service providers and system integrators also needs to be considered.
In addition, the solution from the vendor should offer the flexibility to accommodate newer processes, products and technologies.
Cloud computing and virtualization are not divergent approaches. As the significance of virtualization as an IT component is expected to increase even further in the near future, organizations can make the necessary transition to a virtual environment and reap the maximum benefits of the technology.