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CIOs must keep slow enterprise virtualization rolling along
This article is part of the CIO Decisions issue of August 2012 Volume 14
Every couple of years, I conduct a bit of personal research on the state of virtualization. Four years ago, most of us had virtualized our non-mission-critical systems and services, while just a few of us had virtualized such things as our production database servers and our email systems. Two years ago, most of us had virtualized most of our mission-critical services, and a few were piloting things like virtual desktops. The Real Niel Niel Nickolaisen Early this month, I conducted my newest virtualization survey and found that the "rolling" nature of our virtualization continues. By rolling, I mean that what was bleeding-edge a couple of years ago is now squarely in the mainstream. Two years ago, desktop virtualization was new and somewhat experimental. Now, many of us have virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) pilots under way. Still others have figured out VDI completely. We also are shifting from on-premises virtualization to cloud services. Finally, we are extending virtualization to create more on-demand development and ...
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Once a bleeding-edge technology, virtualization is finding its way slowly into all corners of modern organizations. CIOs must keep the drumbeat going.