Business Case for Virtualization: Building an Adaptive Infrastructure
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Overview: The business case is clear: Virtualization can help you save money, increase IT agility, and improve business outcomes. Are you capitalizing on these opportunities?
In today’s competitive global economy, your business needs to be poised to respond faster to market changes, customer demands, and growth opportunities. To do this, you need an agile IT infrastructure that is built to deliver better business outcomes—what we refer to as an Adaptive Infrastructure.
At the same time, you have to hold the line on rising data center costs. One way to do this is to increase the utilization of information technology (IT) assets, including servers and storage devices. In today’s enterprise data centers, for example, it is not uncommon to find servers with utilization rates as low as 5 to 15 percent, and storage with utilization rates of 50 percent.
And then there is the issue of rising energy expenditures. As you fill your data center with higher density servers and storage power and cooling costs can threaten to break your budget.
All the while, your IT organization needs to make hard decisions about compute platform choices for business services. Should you build and manage your own in-house data centers, use a traditional outsourced service provider, or tap into cloud-related services? Or deploy a hybrid of all three?
Virtualization helps you overcome these challenges.