Nov 10, 2011

What tangible cost benefits has virtualization really provided for your business?

Implementing virtualization has not gone as I expected. Frankly it has been a serious drain of time and resources as we move forward with it. I hope the virtualized environment that will eventually be fully in place will be well worth the effort. Has virtualization been positive in regards to cost savings for most companies once fully implemented?



Our goal when deploying virtualization was to increase server utilization while saving money.  There have been cost savings, but less than anticipated.  It required a lot of effort to implement, as you are experiencing.  


A recent article in Information Week noted that the foundation to successfully utilizing analytics has 3 components: "instilling a data-oriented culture, hiring or developing managers who are information literate, and maintaining analytics expertise at the staff level."  At this point, I am finding that third piece of the puzzle to be the greatest challenge, the unemployment lines are not exactly filled with folks that truly have expertise in analytics.


Apparently my observation of mixxed results are not alone.  You might find this article of interest:



VMWare has a couple of interesting pages up about the benefits of virtualization. Obviously they are a bit biased since it's their business, but their information is worth checking out if you want to see how virtualization might benefit a business.

The Benefits of Virtualization for Small and Medium Businesses

Virtualize Your IT Infrastructure

"Simplify your IT infrastructure as you create a more dynamic and flexible datacenter with VMware's proven server and datacenter virtualization solutions built on VMware vSphere, the industry’s leading virtualization platform. Ensure continued IT innovation while meeting enterprise application SLAs and increase time-to-market for application provisioning and upgrades. VMware virtualization helps you reduce capital expenses through server consolidation and improve operating expenses through automation, while minimizing lost revenue by reducing both planned and unplanned downtime.

Get automated operations management for the new dynamic virtual infrastructures with VMware vCenter Operations, so you can accelerate IT service delivery, improve operational efficiency, ensure compliance and reduce risk."
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