Virtualization Unlocks Cloud Computing

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cloud jigsaw Guest post by Alan McMahon

By now it is clear that a technology paradigm shift is in full effect. Cloud computing embodies a widespread platform change that has shifted the status quo in IT. These changes have more recently been fuelled by a move to virtualized environments. As this shift becomes more and more pervasive, new IT strategies must be planned, defined and implemented. All of this is taking place within the context of a “new normal” that is emerging in IT and formerly conventional paradigms fall away.

Virtualization: Key to Unlocking the Cloud’s Full Potential

One of the primary drivers behind the efficacy of cloud computing is the user’s ability to access data and software resources on demand and without a large up-front investment. As more and more businesses adopt distributed applications that are able to cross platforms and boundaries, it is critical to have the hardware, systems and management structures in place to best take advantage of all the cloud has to offer.

Virtualization is one of the most strategic and valuable IT initiatives that businesses can implement during this major market transition to the cloud. Ideally, you’ll want to find a service that can help you to create a 100% virtualized and cloud capable IT environment. Doing so, you’ll be more likely to securely and seamlessly make the transition and fully take advantage of the tremendous benefits of this revolutionary computing model.

Virtualization in all of its permutations — server, client, application, storage and network, and storage — provides great advantages to businesses of any size. These features can dramatically alter the way business is conducted and how decisions are made. However, since implementing virtualization can be somewhat disruptive to an organization both technologically and operationally, it’s crucial to do all you can ensure a smooth transition. This can include engaging the assistance of a partner organization as well as fully understanding how the change will affect your business infrastructure.

Making the Shift to a 100% Virtualized Infrastructure

Beyond just server consolidation, virtualization helps to solve a more diverse category of issues by improving the availability of applications and resources both within and outside of your business:

  • Business continuity plans that are based upon virtualization can make DR simpler, more reliable and more cost effective.
  • A virtualized infrastructure can enable an organization to better allocate their hardware resources fluidly and intuitively based upon where and when they are needed most throughout a cycle or workday.
  • A virtual desktop infrastructure enables IT administrators to expertly manage and deploy large numbers of desktops using custom configurations that result in a quality user experience.
  • Efficiency on all levels is greatly improved by virtualization in the cloud.

Consider a Cloud Computing Partner

If your business can partner with one of the top virtualization companies, this process will be much less daunting. Make sure to choose a Data Center expert with nuanced engineering expertise in all of the aspects of virtualization: server, client, application, network and storage.

As organizations look to move toward a 100% virtualized cloud environment, resilient IT infrastructures will be more important than ever. Choose a partner that supports your business goals and can assist you in successfully navigating all that virtualization in cloud computing entails.

This post was first published on my Web2 and More blog last year.  Author Bio: Alan McMahon works for Dell and is involved in marketing consumer and enterprise solutions, across a range for products from tablet pc’s, servers, and storage to virtualization. Alan McMahon is based in Ireland and enjoys sailing as a past time.

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