Nov 18, 2014
Virtualization is the creation of multiple, distinct operating systems on one physical computer. The concept traces its roots to the 1960s mainframe environment, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that there was much need or ability to virtualize the x86-based and Unix machines covering the floors of many corporate data centers.
This process decreases costs by housing multiple applications and operating systems on a single physical server. The virtualization ratio allows for significant reductions in both operating and capital expenditures.
Virtualization is generally thought of as foremost a technical endeavor. However, completing a successful virtualization project is more about managing the surrounding process than it is a technical challenge. It requires expertise in building a plan, establishing processes to protect all stakeholders and then executing to hit virtualization targets and expected cost savings.
A well-designed and managed virtualization process starts by understanding the needs and concerns of all stakeholders involved and provides proven ways to break down barriers and achieve success.
Excelacom has managed this process multiple times for clients over the years, which has allowed us to develop and refine a virtualization process model that achieves broad internal buy-in, maximum cost savings and the greatest return on investment.
Excelacom’s recent perspective paper, “Virtualization: Much More Than a Technical Challenge,” walks readers through that process at a high level. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us and we can dive into even more specifics.
Tom Kozielski was the Senior Director Consulting Services. He was responsible for managing the corporation's infrastructure and lead the operations practice.More about Tom
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