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Is a lack of understanding causing virtualization’s slow adoption?

From Brett Anderson, Director, Enterprise Computing Solutions

A new survey shows that 40% of IT hasn’t even heard of desktop or server virtualization, highlighting a major potential roadblock to widespread adoption of virtualization technologies. The study, commissioned by a group of Cisco partners, shows that while CIOs see value in deploying a virtualization initiative, the rest of the enterprise is confused about virtualization’s advantages.

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The study summarized its major finding this way: “The basic misunderstanding by the general public about how virtualization works and what its benefits are stands as a major hindrance to widespread adoption of server and desktop virtualization.” Although the average employee understands the why and how of other policies like BYOD, virtualization is still a confusing topic for many. 60% of respondents said they didn’t know if their organization would benefit from virtualization–but all IT employees were able to give a clear yes or no to this question. Significantly, this number jumps to 80% among vice presidents, who often have the power to make an IT strategy decision. This highlights what might be the main reason virtualization adoption hasn’t yet happened in many organizations: CEOs and VPs just don’t understand what it is.

Perhaps if we as IT leaders were better able to explain the advantages of virtualization–better disaster recovery, easier remote access, energy savings and hardware consolidation, among many others–we might find leadership more receptive to virtualization initiatives.

Is this issue ripe, and confusion about virtualization is a major reason it hasn’t been widely adopted? Or is this just hype, and there are other reasons for organizations not moving to virtualization?

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Can the cloud help you stop worrying and learn to love remote data storage?

With the cloud seemingly everywhere these days, we thought we’d ask the question: Where did it come from? And, perhaps more importantly, where is it going?

Herb Grosch with the IBM 701

Herb Grosch with the IBM 701

The roots of the cloud can be traced back to the 1950s, when scientist Herb Grosch theorized that the entire would world someday operate from 15 large data centers, which would be mostly shared by GE, IBM and other computer giants of the time. In the 1961, computer scientist John McCarthy also envisioned a future with the cloud, saying at MIT’s centennial celebration that “computing may someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility.” He went on to say, “Each subscriber needs to pay only for the capacity he actually uses, but he has access to all programming languages characteristic of a very large system … Certain subscribers might offer service to other subscribers … The computer utility could become the basis of a new and important industry.”

Fast forward to 1997, as hardware and architecture are becoming more affordable, Emory University Information Systems professor Ramnath Chellappa uses the term cloud computing in one of his lecture classes. A few years later, the world saw its first real applications of the cloud, first with limited use by Salesforce, soon followed by others. Realizing that they were only utilizing 10% of their data storage capabilities, some companies saw an opportunity and created a sort of internal cloud for employee use; seeing dramatic efficiency improvements, they soon began making this new cloud service available to the public.

Now, several years later, the cloud is everywhere. Consumers and businesses alike use it to access software, backup files, and work and play more efficiently.

What do you think? Is the cloud ripe, and ready for further explosive growth? Or is it just hype, and a predecessor to an even better technology yet to come? Vote below, and tell us why in the comments.

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Does your IT infrastructure take advantage of cloud computing?

It can be difficult to prepare your IT infrastructure to take advantage of cloud computing. There are a lot of things that need to be considered when going through the process. You will need to upgrade, revise and sometimes create systems during the process.

Logicalis has created 14 key technology areas that need to be addressed to put a suitable foundation in place for the cloud:

1.            Server Hardware

2.            Storage

3.            Networking

4.            Data Backup Systems

5.            Virtualization

6.            System Management/Monitoring

7.            Service Orchestration

8.            Configuration Management

9.            Chargeback/Showback

10.          Performance/Capacity Planning Tools

11.          Service Catalog

12.          Change Management/CMBD

13.          Adoption of SaaS

14.          PaaS Management of Key Applications

Do you agree that addressing these 14 technology areas will assist you in putting a suitable foundation in place for the cloud, and this is ripe? Or is this only hype?

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What is the private cloud?

The private cloud continues to grow as one of the hottest IT trends. The private cloud has impacted IT and pushed other IT initiatives forward, including the continued implementation of both virtualization and cloud computing. However, as the private cloud continues to grow more and more popular there is more hype around the private cloud and some of what is being said is not true.

Because of this hype Gartner has come up with 5 things that they believe private cloud is not:

  1. The private cloud is not virtualization: the private cloud leverages virtualization, but it is not the end product.
  2. The private cloud is not just about cost reduction: the private cloud can often save money, but it is not only about cost reduction.
  3. The private cloud is not necessarily on premises: the private cloud is defined by privacy, not location; therefore it may or may not be on the premises.
  4. The private cloud is not only IaaS: this is a major enabler for private cloud computing, however the private cloud is not limited to IaaS.
  5. The private cloud is not always going to be private: over time the private cloud will mature and improve and it is important to leverage these services.

Do these 5 things that the private cloud is not help you to understand the private cloud better and are ripe? Or are they hype?

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How do you stay ahead of the IT curve?

If keeping up with IT changes is a full-time job, then trying to stay ahead of the curve is like working two full-time jobs. With that in mind here are 10 critical IT trends that you may want to keep an eye out for over the next 5 years.

  1. Disruption: businesses expect the same level of performance and support from IT as they do with other services
  2. Software Defined Networks: this is a means to abstract the network just as server virtualization abstracts the server
  3. Bigger data and storage: data growth continues and it is an issue that needs to be prioritized
  4. Hybrid clouds: it is important to use the hybrid cloud for increased capability and capacity
  5. Client server: today the operating system and application can be executed and streamed when needed
  6. The Internet of Things: the internet will continue to expand as physical aspects are added to it
  7. Appliance madness: organizations desire appliances that offer hands-off solutions, functional requirements, and a cost-effective application solution
  8. Complexity: IT is a very complex field and it will only becoming increasingly complex over the next five years
  9. Evolution toward the virtual data center: reshaping the IT infrastructure with more virtualization and modernization
  10. IT Demand: with an increase of awareness of the environmental impact data centers have, there has been an increased demand for computing

Will keeping these 10 critical IT trends in mind help you prepare for IT changes over the next 5 years? If so do you agree these are ripe? If not, do you believe they are hype?

Help us keep you ahead of the IT curve by voting in the 2013 Tech Trends Poll.

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