Server and data virtualisation are helping companies maximize the RoI on their IT assetts while also helping streamline routine IT tasks. They are “doing more with less”—a huge win. VMware, the leading server virtualisation firm, is setting the pace with a stream of new features and functionality that we are all eagerly consuming. The strategic goal seemingly being to create the “always-on” data center.
Businesses are rapidly gaining the confidence to run mission-critical applications in a virtualised environment. Surveys are starting to appear that show firms are increasingly comfortable with use of virtual infrastructure even for their most demanding application environments. These production applications include Ecommerce, ERM, ERP, Database, Email, as well as CRM and collaboration applications such as Microsoft SharePoint. It is clear that we have moved beyond the simple staging, UAT and Development environment scenario.
It has clearly taken a long time for confidence in Virtualisation to reach the point where mission critical applications are deployed on a virtualised infrastructure as a matter of course. The next step is to move from on premises virtualised infrastructure to the cloud. How long will it take to gain the confidence to deploy mission critical infrastructure to Force.com or similar cloud based architectures? Will new technologies like that announce this week by my friend Ajit Gupta at Aryaka help to shorten the confidence curve? I certainly hope so.