The automation conundrum

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

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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