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“The benefits are understood....Virtualization is not something for nothing. You’ve got to think differently about how you manage and control your infrastructure," David Williams said. 

What do I need to do to make sure the virtues and benefits of virtualization are understood, realized, and the challenges it also provides me are managed in a specific way?  Understanding an investment in virtualization includes knowing: 1) how the process is maintained; 2) realized; and 3) how to get around the challenges of an infrastructure in constant change to ensure business is supported.


In this podcast, David Williams shares excerpts from his whitepaper including the three key factors to consider when choosing to use virtualization:


  1. Don’t create more silos.
  2. Don’t virtualize into the unknown.
  3. Employ intelligent automation.



David Williams is a vice president of strategy in the Office of the CTO at BMC Software. David focuses on availability and performance monitoring, IT operations automation and management architectures.







  1. What was the impetus for you to write an insight paper on the rules for making virtualization worth the investment?
  2. In a nutshell, what is virtualization, and why are more businesses turning to it?
  3. What are the three rules you came up with in this paper?
  4. Can you elaborate on Rule 1) “Don’t Create More Silos”?
  5. Rule 2 is  “Don’t Virtualize into the Unknown.”  What do we need to discover before we know if we should virtualize or not?
  6. Rule 3 is “Employ Intelligent Automation.” What is your definition of intelligent automation?


White Paper: The Three Rules for Making Virtualization Worth the Investment




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