Useful Virtualization Stats, Trends and Practices

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-28-2014 Email

We live in an "Everything as a Service" universe. That's because CIOs and other tech leaders are transitioning all forms of tech resources and support—from hardware to software to storage to platforms—to a virtualized environment. As a technology, virtualization is nothing new. The term dates back to the mid-1960s, when IBM developed the early incarnations of what would become the IBM System/360 Model 67, which was considered a virtual machine/virtual memory operating system. Since then, companies such as Microsoft and VMware have emerged as lead innovators in virtualized computing. Given the anticipated growth, consider the following a grab bag of useful statistics, trend predictions and best practices about all things virtualization. They were compiled from a number of online resources, including those presented by Microsoft's TechNet and They not only speak to the hype, but to the cautionary approaches that CIOs and other managers should take in moving forward. "Virtualization has gone from being a test lab technology to a mainstream component in datacenters and virtual desktop infrastructures," writes Wes Miller in the TechNet posting. "Along the way, virtualization has occasionally received a 'get out of jail free' card, and has not had the same degree of efficient IT practices applied to virtual deployments as would be expected of actual physical machines. This is a mistake." For more about Miller's best practices, click here. For more about the VMblog posting, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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