Monday, October 06, 2008
Press has never had the tendency to be realistic and pragmatic. It is either frothing over the excitement around it (Sys-Con guys are one of them, No offense to Jeremy) OR going down the negative spiral game.
Virtualization has benefits that are desperately waiting to be reaped. Be it VMware with its great technology where enterprises should take up the lead and go for it or other alternatives such as Microsoft, Linux.
Speculation and fear almost killed the US economy and the lack of adoption of virtualization and not going forward with the technology refresh and using data center virtualization technologies from vendors such as VMware, Microsoft etc will mean a slow and painful death to firms who are unable to get out of the continuously consolidating market.
So my verdict is pretty simple (and it is coming out of the wisdom from all those clients who hold and manage multi-billion dollar assets, as if it matters to state that anyways): Whether you consolidate, get acquired or even perish, your data is worth all the efforts of thousands of people who have spent millions of hours, building it for you. This will be needed and this can be secured effectively. This can and should be virtualized and put in a freezer, until warmer winds begin to blow again.
I do not subscribe to either fizz or flaccid remarks, virtualization technology is essential and is needed in the industry. Firms like VMware have built a massive "bail-out technology" for all of us. We can get out of the traditional mess that we have created and start afresh. Clean!
So the question is (for the ones who want to thrive and the ones who want a bail-out): Virtualization is a Self-Bailout-Plan.
Do it today!
This article prompted me to write about it.