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Virtualization makes mergers easy!

And infrastructure managers would agree. Why? Just think about the following:

  • Scalability: And you don't have to move to a bigger datacenter, all you need is a few high performing servers and you have your new acquisition neatly aligned. And it won't surprise me if you did have loads of room for scalability within your existing datacenter!
  • Migration (Matter of copy/paste OR do planned P2V)
  • Cost reduction as a default option (Today managers are considered heroes if they can come up by saving some cost here and there by looking for cheaper contracts, if they are not able to setup an internal shop) but in Virtualization cost-reduction comes by default!
  • Logistics (Copy over the net? Think of the Global Service and Delivery model, Today we move our Data Centers to Guatemala, next year we can go to Dalian). Examples here, here. Also feel free to search for any GDM related posts.
  • Measurability : And here could be the danger. If your CIO (imagine an ex-infra guy who knows enough about Virtualization) is aware of what he really wants, you as the Infrastructure manager might have to really report on the collected data. Yep, and that's where the catch is, if you don't know what to do with the data, then you could be in for a lot of surprises. Such as contracting external parties and consultants who will hurt your ROI considerably. So if you really don't know "who's driving who" (= am I really deciding or the decision is taking form somewhere else!), voice it to the higher management.
  • Containability: If its measurable, then it has got to containable. Define phases and box the promised merger in pre-defined boxes.

Anyways this article encompasses more domains than just Virtualization.


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