14 Aug Resistance to server virtualization may be costing companies money
No executives would ever say that they aren't interested in reducing their overhead costs while clearing up space for more equipment or staff, yet the words and actions of individuals don't always align. There are a variety of reasons for this, including uncertainty. No one has perfect knowledge about a subject or even a solitary choice, so some decision-makers may doubt the effectiveness of some procedures that are touted as cost savers.
This may explain why not all businesses have yet to institute server virtualization services. While it can significantly decrease an organization's IT costs by reducing the amount of hardware a company must run and upgrade, as well as the energy devoted to that equipment, not all enterprises are aware of these benefits.
TechRepublic recently covered some of the reasons why companies are not instituting server virtualization, despite the advantages it can offer them. One of the more prominent reasons why enterprises may be avoiding server virtualization is that their IT department doesn't know much about it. The source suggested that IT professionals may have a bias toward dedicated servers, despite that technology's drain on resources. These professionals stick with what they know, rather than trying something new. Decision-makers should not let the practices of the past rule their decisions in the future. Enterprises that acknowledge that they may not know all the benefits of the virtualization process should seek out virtualization consulting that can provide them with expert knowledge about how the technology can specifically help their operation.
Resistance from both sides
The lack of knowledge about virtualization may play into the general resistance that some IT staff have to the service, according to TechRepublic. The source suggested that developers may be accustomed to having their own physical servers, and executives should seek to address this issue for their company's benefit.
The source noted that some vendors also prove resistant to the change, based on their belief that the best way to use their software is on a dedicated server. Some of these merchants may oppose virtualization on the basis that it allows enterprises to avoid some of the licensing and lock-out issues that hardware and applications can involve. This is due to virtualization's ability to abstract the hardware for certain programs.
For decision-makers doubting the utility of server virtualization, it may be noteworthy that the Navy and Marine Corps recently stated that all of their servers should be virtualized by the end of 2017, according to a FierceGovernmentIT report. This transition should virtualize 15 percent of both military branches' IT every year until that time. The source noted that IT departments can apply for a waiver, but none of them will be permanently issued. Each will only last for one year, at which point the waiver's will be considered for renewal. The news provider mentioned that as of July 2012, 35 percent of their shore-side network were already estimated to be virtualized.