This is the very question that we were asking ourselves this past week as we contemplated our product strengths. The answer was quick and unanimous; virtualization.
In studying what others have been saying about this topic I came across a story from April 2009 that discussed virtualizaton with two established products and two newer-to-the-scene solutions (Microsoft, CA, Insystek, and DynamicOps). The results were a little discouraging as no solution came across as giving warm fuzzies. In the end if you have the largest of the large environments then CA walked away with the nod.
It’s worth a read if you’re already walking in the VM world. We have a client that just refreshed over 300 servers on a 1 for 1 swap. They were looking into virtualization but they were just so confused at the multiple offerings that they didn’t feel it was wise to spend a year trying to figure it all out.
It can be daunting but your homework still needs to done. Doing more with less may be the mantra of the day, but is it really true? We’re not doing with less bandwidth or storage space. These areas continue to grow in availability while dropping in price. In fact the one area where we see slower growth is in processor power, which of course is, arguably, the most limiting aspect in virtualization. Still, it may be wise to start on the road for your server farms.
We virtualize in our environment wherever we can. It just makes sense.