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Gartner : Virtualization too expensive?

I wanted to kick back to this article and start my own rebuttal but I must admit there are a lot of clients who NEED virtualization very badly but are totally confused with the licensing, usage and are in a "state of flux". They need a strong reason to believe that Virtualization is a boon. But currently it costs you a lot. That is a simple fact! I don't blame VMware for cashing on it, they made this technology a hero. I personally think that freeing Virtualization is not just going to make them any happier as its not just the cost but also the benefits and dangers that they need to weigh out properly.

Eventually you do pay a price to have a new technology in your shop. Is this article another hint to push VMware to reduce prices? Or even free ESX Server? I did mention one that VMware can go the IBM way and start concentrating on the services. Milking your core product is a good thing but I think the industry needs reassurance that its all gonna be fine. VMware could better start workingon the BT (Business Technology) model and start educating and consulting the clients. Get more into solutions and offerings.

"Don't allow VMWare, IBM and Microsoft to own your governance because none of them have been able to totally deliver virtualization yet and you don't want to be locked in."

Gartner senior analyst, Phil Sargent, said virtualization will be part of nearly every aspect of IT by 2015 and recommended IT managers query vendors now about how they will accommodate their application with the new technology.

"Virtualization will bring more consumer client applications into the data center which needs to be discussed with vendors as well," Sargent said.

"There are still [problems] with virtualization in support and software licensing and not everything can be virtualized; this will clear-up over the next two to four years."

Real Time Infrastructure (RTI), a term coined by Gartner, encapsulates the benefits in improved data center policies, SLAs, agility and cost derived from sharing infrastructure resources between businesses and internal departments.

VMware HAS delivered Virtualization in its totality and are continuously working on optimizing it. Markets are markets. They change dramatically. Right now VMware has the ball in its court and should they keep up with the developments (which they pretty much do) they will be able to move on to the next level successfully.

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