Virtualization, which lets IT managers cram multiple computing environments onto one computer so that one physical server can perform the function of two or more machines, saves time, space, energy and money.
But getting an organization's datacenter to the point where it can start realizing all that's promised by virtualization isn't as easy as it could or should be, according to Glenn Keels, a senior project manager in Dell's PowerEdge server division.
"The industry, including Dell to a certain degree, is making consolidation and virtualization too complex," Keels told InternetNews.com. "There are some myths and misconceptions out there that are confusing customers. We've had customers coming to us asking if it's true that you need blades to virtualize."
Keels said Dell doesn't think it's in customers' best interests to be automatically steered to blade servers as part of their consolidation and virtualization efforts, even though they do take up considerably less physical space and consume less energy in the datacenter.
"We don't want to drive virtualization into proprietary systems," he said. "The customers receive the best price and performance by focusing on two- and four-socket systems. Let's not just blade everything. By whole-heartedly adopting that, you can actually increase complexity. Blades should be an option—and we love blades—but not a mandate."