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Virtualization Shakes up the Server Market

virtualizationIf it is up to some of the virtualization providers out there, organizations will be buying fewer and fewer services in the coming years, and they’ll be investing a whole lot more of their IT budget into integrated infrastructure packages. Virtualization has, in the minds of some, saved the IT industry at a time when budgets are under heavy scrutiny, and each and every expense has to be fully justified before a single IT dime is spent – even when those funds are budgeted.

Virtualization has allowed many different organization to lower their physical server count, while at the same time meeting increasing demands for everything from raw computing power to I/O capacity to storage.

One way that virtualization has affected the server market is in the area of convergence offerings. HP and Cisco have both created converged infrastructure solutions which include servers, storage and even networking components all tied in to the same backplane. This turns the whole lot into a single source of computing resources which can then be distributed to physical as well as virtual servers.

Another way that virtualization is shaking up the marketplace is in the area of blade servers. While the most efficient way to get servers into the data center is usually a blade solution, that fixed chassis uses a tremendous amount of heat and power. Add to that the fact that the backplane can be something of a nightmare in terms of installing and reconfiguring, and you can see how blade systems are changing the way that IT works, as well as how it cools and powers its data centers.

Virtualization is also changing the way that server infrastructure interacts with the network and storage infrastructure. Virtual servers on a single physical hardware device have higher I/O capacity needs, both in terms of network and in terms of storage.

This, in turn, has led to a significant need for storage and I/O capacity management, and many tools have popped up in recent years expressly for those kinds of implementations.

The final way in which virtualization is shaking up the server world, and will continue to do so more as time goes on, is in the area of cloud computing. Virtualization is a large part of what makes cloud computing possible, and its advent has caused many companies to move applications and functions outside of the organization into the cloud.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.