Virtualization: To Rule or Serve the 21st century?


Virtualization is an emerging IT paradigm that embarks storage and recovery of applications apart from computing functions and technology implementations. It has seen a tremendous growth since its inception a few years ago and continues to expand its cloud on various enterprises.

The growth of Virtualization rests upon a number of factors. But before diving deep into details, it is important to chalk out how “growth” can be triggered and maintained. Infact, One of the virtualization companies who responded to my request for information questioned analysts, “What exactly does ‘emerging’ mean?” A general response to this question is that growth is gauged by crawling up the success ladder into the top slot. Sticking to the IT sector per say, Microsoft is one remarkable example. Microsoft completely revolutionized the IT sector by introducing Windows. Furthermore, despite the tremendous success, Bill Gates ensured that the graph of his company never attained constancy. Microsoft has always dared to experiment and has emerged victorious most of the times. Windows 7 swayed away the corporate sector apart from the masses in general. Similarly, Virtualization has reached a pedestal in 2010 by experiencing an increase of growth rate by 8% within a year.

Virtualization is saturated with substantial core. Cloud computing is an integral part of Virtualization whereby computer programs are connected and transferred through an internet connection rather than installing applications on every office computer. We all have witnessed the remarkable growth of Virtualization over the years but let’s get to know the reasons for its success. The growing awareness of the advantages provided by virtualization technology is brought about by economic factors of scarce resources, government regulation, and more competition. Virtualization considerably trims down power consumption and air conditioning needs. This is one of the prime reasons it picked momentum in this age. Power consumption has been troubling enterprises since a long time and an escape route from that hurdle has provided a major relief.

Data storage and email archiving facilities further enhance embellish Virtualization. Efficiency Businesses that focus on technology can usually leverage their expertise to utilize efficient computing and IT resources. Moreover, the problem of global warming can be tackled easily by arranging corporate meets which creates an added incentive for virtualization. As server workloads vary, virtualization provides the ability for virtual machines that are over utilizing the resources of a server to be moved to underutilized servers. This dynamic load balancing creates efficient utilization of server resources. Software security is also provided. Hence, most of the areas are covered by Virtualization.

Data duplication is completely terminated as data exists on every user’s hard drive in the form of exchange archive files, or .pst. The Bottom Line Virtualization and Cloud Computing pour a lot of opportunities for businesses to utilize technology in an effective way. Additionally, risks and barriers to entry can be knocked down for small and medium sized businesses. Problems like underutilization, high hardware costs and poor system availability are completely nullified by the use of Virtualization. Therefore, it proves to be a boon especially for the corporate sector.

Seamless transitions between different operating systems add to the advantages of Virtualization. But nothing is perfect. Virtualization is also tainted with some flaws. The most documented side effect to date, virtual server sprawl results from the combination of ease of deployment and lack of life-cycle management of virtual machines. But despite these follies, Virtualization has managed to attract users worldwide. It is to be seen if Virtualization can tackle the flaws before it is too late.

-Ishita Blaggan/ IT Voir Network