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Virtualization (hype)rvisor: Get ready for a new job profile

MY blog is happening obviously, but we are talking about the commoditization of virtualization and how IT administrators ought to gear up for these job!

NOTE TO HR WORLDWIDE: WHEN HIRING AND PLANNING TRAINING FOR THESE PEOPLE, MAKE SURE YOU CREATE AND RETAIN VERSATILISTS! That will help avoid creating unnecessary jobs or else you will end up with a bloated IT department like in the 90s! Remember you are hiring for the hypervisor not for hype!

Now that companies have mastered the virtualization of server operations, vendors are increasingly selling the idea of virtualizing the entire data center. The idea of enabling the dynamic management of servers, storage and network devices through a single "fabric" places new virtualization offerings firmly in the realm of becoming a data center platform. That platform may spawn a new IT position for a person who would supervise the management of the virtual layer of server, network and storage infrastructures.

Virtualization may be becoming something so ubiquitous and essential to operations that it has become a new form of operating system for the data center. The idea began percolating most recently in September during VMware Inc.'s VMworld 2007. During a speech, Patrick Gelsinger, Intel Corp.'s senior vice president and general manager, said "Virtualization disaggregates the traditional view of the operating system and creates the opportunity for us to create a data center operating system of tomorrow."

The discussion gained momentum when Cisco Systems Inc. and VMware announced an integration initiative wherein Cisco's VFrame Data Center would include VMware Infrastructure 3. The appliance upgrade, a product that fits into the Cisco's Data Center 3.0 vision, is intended to automate IT orchestration in the areas of server, network and storage provisioning for shops invested in Cisco hardware. By adding service orchestration, VFrame can use a service template to provision network services for Internet-facing applications running on VMware Infrastructure, including firewalls, content load balancing, switch and server trunks, and access control lists.


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