In fact, the response from regional CIOs to a new idea in IT can probably best be summed up by this quote from Sir William Preece, chief engineer at the British Post Office in 1878: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."
So it's all the more surprising that vendors and end users seem be in absolute agreement about virtualisation - the ability to present a singular piece of hardware as multiple virtual devices - and are happily repeating the same mantra - "it's the way of the future, the way of the future".
With the ability to virtualise nearly any piece of hardware or software, virtualisation has the potential to completely transform the enterprise IT space. The depth to which it can be applied within an organisation's operations is really only limited by the imagination of the IT manager.