Recession-Proofing IT via Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Recessions are about as appealing as a root canal; but they do force us to think differently
By: Jake Sorofman
Dec. 10, 2008 07:00 PM
Recessions are about as appealing as a root canal; but they do force us to think differently. Now that the recession is official, it's an ideal time to explore how virtualization and cloud computing can help "recession-proof" IT by transforming yesterday’s costly and rigid computing model to one that puts costs under control and sets applications free.
The National Bureau of Economic Research recently declared that the
1. Virtualize infrastructure to increase capacity utilization.
2. Use external clouds to offset capital infrastructure expense.
3. Virtualize applications to accelerate and simplify deployment.
4. Construct virtual applications for simplified management, automated maintenance.
The reality is that this new approach to application delivery can create new costs and risks. Taking the friction out of application deployment will lead to an onslaught of volume and demand, resulting in what is often called “VM sprawl.” What organizations must recognize is that they may be exchanging one cost and management burden for another, as physical machines become virtual machines. In fact, virtual sprawl is likely to far outstrip any physical sprawl you’ve witnessed heretofore. As such, organizations need a scalable approach for managing and maintaining application images. Adding headcount isn’t an option, so the answer is finding ways to do more with less. In this case, this means architecting application images for management and control, trading manual one-at-a-time updates for seamless changes that are implemented en masse. It also means complete lifecycle control and transparency wherever the application is being run — datacenter or cloud, internal or external.
Recessions are about as appealing as a root canal. But they do force us to think differently — to take an inventory of costs, retool, reinvent. The reality is that this recession is coincident with a fundamental inflection point in IT. The friction and the economics of traditional computing models no longer work. This is why organizations must embrace virtualization and cloud — both to weather the storm of a down economy and to transform yesterday’s costly and rigid computing model to one that puts costs under control and sets applications free.
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