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Virtualizing Mission-Critical Apps

Critical apps aren’t usually virtualized first

More and more, organizations have turned to virtualization in order to increase efficiency, reduce capital expenses, and give their business units greater flexibility and scalability. Yet, in one area, we’ve been hesitant to virtualize. Mission-critical apps still, more often than not, warrant their own physical resources. Yet it is these tier one applications that have the most to gain by being virtualized.

Critical apps aren’t usually virtualized first

virtualizingMost organizations start to implement virtualization solutions in areas that aren’t mission-critical. Around half of an organization’s apps will usually be virtualized before they consider putting tier one apps into that environment.

This is, at least in part, because it takes time for an organization to become comfortable with their virtualization environment, and to trust it sufficiently for those all-important tasks.

Critical apps need to be virtualized for private clouds to succeed

If a private cloud is really going to pay off, give you a lower TCO, and provide the scalability and flexibility your organization needs then it needs to include most workloads. That means including tier one applications.

Virtualized environments are ideal for critical applications, mainly because they provide economies of scale. They offer advanced features and resources that a given application doesn’t have by itself.

The future of the enterprise is virtualization

Virtualization tends to start out, in an organization, with departmental servers as well as assets specific to IT or the data center. It begins as a way to reduce capital expenditures. From there, virtualization reaches out into production areas, including mission-critical applications. Finally, an organization is able to implement a full-blow internal cloud, a virtualized environment that’s living up to its potential.

Virtualization in the data center is more than just servers, as well. Storage and network virtualization need to follow close behind. This means fewer and fewer critical applications standing on their own networks, and more and more cost savings, efficiency, and scalability.

Along the way, IT personnel and data center managers are, and should be, cautious. Putting mission critical applications in the hands of a virtualized server can be frightening, but in the long run it’s usually what’s best for the organization.

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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.