Jun 13, 2008
More often than not, companies jump into virtualization
strategies with little knowledge or experience as to what value a
broader approach could do for their organization. As a result, they
are often disappointed when the cost-savings and efficiencies don�t
materialize according to plan. Even those organizations that achieve
real savings by effectively reducing their hardware footprints and
the associated power, cooling and floor space, often leave significant
financial opportunities on the table if they focus solely on hardware
Companies must look beyond the traditional definition of virtualization and take a more holistic approach to their strategies. IT leaders must first define which IT services are needed to meet the ever-changing demands of the business. Next, virtualization efforts should be defined, structured and prioritized based on these business needs. Then, the fundamentals of virtualization, whether it is hardware, operating system, application, or storage virtualization, should be applied.
The purpose of this paper is to help IT leaders look more holistically at the role virtualization plays in their quest to reduce expenses and build a more efficient and agile IT operation. Emtec, a leading provider of technology and services for the past 40 years and sponsor of this paper, will help readers understand how portable IT services are critical to the success of any virtualization effort. In addition, Emtec outlines its proven, five-step framework to help readers begin driving greater business value out of their virtualization investments.