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Virtualization: Older Management Styles stick to old methods

This is an interesting interview on why managers with older (second world war'ish times) line management styles just do don't get (dig) the new technologies.

Migrating to virtualization and blade servers can decrease the number of physical servers IT staffers have to manage, but that doesn't necessarily put the managers on easy street.

"A virtualized environment has more managed entities -- all the same OSes (operating systems) as the original plus the VM hosts," said CiRBA CTO Andrew Hillier, co-founder and CTO of CiRBA, a data center intelligence software firm. This causes "an increase in the workload on administrators, not a decrease."

Changing your IT practices can help mitigate the increased management burden posed by VMs and blades, said Hillier in this interview. Failure to change can cause some big problems. caught up with Hillier before his participation in a panel discussion, "Blades and Virtualization - Transforming Enterprise Computing" at the Server Blade Summit in Anaheim, Calif.

Honestly go get a reality check done for yourself and you'll be shocked to find out that you are just lamers:
1. Go do a survey and see what your admins are doing NOW in your older style management. Are they productive enough? Sure they are spending loads of time installing and patching and moving machines across environments but thats just burning cycles NOT adding any value.
2. Many installations are just waiting for resources but are too afraid to make a start. What they don't realize is that they are running out of time.
3. Virtualization may have bogged many as the only buzz line the last year or so but the fact remains that it IS here!

There are many new things you will learn but waiting and doing nothing will not help at all. I have spoken about both the dangers and benefits of adopting a new technology. If you are aware of the dangers then all you have is the benefits to reap upon.

And if you are a CIO feeling too embarrassed among your peers, then its time to go shopping for a new "Change Agent" for your organization.

Check out the interview here.


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