Virtualization separates IT resources like operating systems, servers and storage devices from the physical hardware by creating virtual versions of these technologies in the IT environment. And, as any CIO who has pursued virtual projects can tell you, rolling out virtual versions of IT resources requires a solid strategic planning process.
SearchCIO's June tweet jam focused on a number of facets of the virtual projects strategic planning process. SearchCIO kicked the discussion off by asking:
Our tweet jammers quickly sounded off on the strategic proposition of virtualization, and voiced some corollary concerns:
Strategic initiatives aim to transform business and improve workflow to create business value. While there's little question that virtual projects have the potential to create value, CIOs must proceed with caution to avoid implementing these technologies on a whim or without extensive research into precise organizational needs.
SearchCIO senior news writer Nicole Laskowski pointed to a specific area of opportunity for virtualization: big data.
With a strategic planning process in place and initiatives solidified, virtual projects should be easy, right? Not so fast. Our tweet jammers expressed a number of concerns when it comes to virtualization processes:
A2 Not an easy question to answer since infrastructure is becoming more complicated these days. #ciochat— Nicole Laskowski (@TT_Nicole) June 26, 2013
As @maxmetrics pointed out, whether or not managing virtual infrastructures is more difficult than managing traditional infrastructures, there are significant challenges. Nobody initially mentioned security as a virtualization concern, prompting SearchCIO to ask:
As agile practices become second-nature to IT operations, software, applications and security programs will be increasingly subject to frequent updates. Virtualizing networks and desktop infrastructures allows IT teams to update devices automatically from one remote location without relying on customers and employees to download or update their IT resources themselves. As SearchCIO managing editor Rachel Lebeaux explained:
But virtualized security can pose risks for businesses as well:
CIOs pursue virtual projects in order save the business time, money and resources. Our tweet jammers didn't disagree, but they strongly stressed the need to develop a strategic planning process when prepping for virtualization success.
To read everything our participants had to say about developing a strategy for projects like virtual desktop infrastructure, virtualizing the storage methods or consolidating servers, search #CIOChat on Twitter. Follow @SearchCIO to learn about upcoming tweet jams.