The automation conundrum

Dynamic IT requires scalable management

Published/updated: February 2011

By Andrew Buss

Our research tells us that the move to virtualisation on volume servers is now well and truly under way. It also illustrates that we are still very much at the beginning of the virtualisation age. Today server virtualisation is being used primarily to consolidate workloads while making use of existing networking and storage infrastructure, architectures and operations. Virtualisation has the potential to bring a whole new approach to IT, especially by taking advantage of the flexibility virtualisation brings to create a dynamic IT services environment. This vision is frequently called the ‘Private Cloud’.

Many IT vendors would blithely have you believe that it’s a completely natural progression from consolidation initiatives to the deployment of a private cloud. The reality is very different. .........

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