There are many definitions for virtualization, but the one commonly agreed upon relates to partitioning a physical server into many virtual servers, says Fred Johannessen, program executive for Capacity Management and Provisioning at BMC Software. But, how important is it, really? Actually, virtualization done right can give your enterprise a competitive advantage.
Did you know that virtualization will allow you to respond more quickly to security attacks? Being able to move or reallocate resources very quickly (through virtualization) helps keep your business up and running ... even while the attack is happening. Also, because hardware is cheap, most companies run their servers at only 10 to 20 percent of their capacity. Virtualization actually helps you reduce costs in your data center by increasing efficiency and enabling you to use your servers to capacity. You can actually improve availability without having to purchase new hardware. Now that's the definition for success.
Fred Johannessen manages the execution of Capacity Management and Provisioning across the value chain including R&D, Marketing, and Sales, and has been with BMC Software nearly 10 years, serving in a variety of executive roles.