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Virtualization without virtualization management cancels out benefits
This article is part of the CIO Decisions issue of February 2011 Volume 6
The benefits gained through virtualization can be lost without an effective virtualization management strategy. More about virtualization management Beyond consolidation: Next steps in a server virtualization strategy Top 10 server virtualization news stories of 2010 The onus is on IT to decipher virtualization licensing models Enterprises gain agility, lean operations, disaster recovery and business continuity, as well as a virtualization management quagmire of policies, best practices documentation and tool sets that are a cycle behind the speed at which virtual environments are created. At last count, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. had 210 VMware Inc. ESX sockets in place, with 110 hosts across three data center sites -- actually, make that 224 sockets. As we spoke, Chris Pray, senior engineer of Vertex's global information systems group, received an order from the business for another 16 hosts. That's just virtual machine hosts, never mind the VMs needed to keep up with the hundreds of terabytes of scientific information being ...
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