Virtualization has the potential to solve many of the problems that currently plague the data centre, VMware chief scientist and co-founder Mendel Rosenblum argued in a keynote at the firm's VMworld conference in San Francisco.
Virtualization today is mostly used to consolidate non-mission critical applications, allowing firms to increase the utilization rate of their hardware. More advanced features such as VMware's Vmotion or XenSource's XenMotion enable the live migration of workloads between physical servers, allowing firms to pool their servers and assign resources as workloads demands.
But the technology is capable of far more.
"The virtualization layer today is just scratching the surface [of what is possible]," Rosenblum told delegates.