Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/14/virtualization_beyond_consolidation/

The end of the beginning of virtualization

You consolidated your servers. Now what?

By Tim Phillips

Posted in Virtualization, 14th September 2010 16:00 GMT

White paper Virtualization doesn't end with consolidation. It begins with it. But what's next?

New research of our North American readers by analysts Freeform Dynamics, published in the Register white paper "Server Virtualization beyond Consolidation", shows that organizations that are virtualizing successfully still find that the impact on management, operations, architecture, and procurement is greater than most newbies expect.

The key to not being caught by the problems is to treat virtualization not as a consolidation project, but as an integrated element of a dynamic data center infrastructure.

Infrastructure modernization and server consolidation were rated by participants in the US and Canada as the initiatives which are having the most impact in the data center. But the key insight from those who have experience of the projects: don't separate the two, or your virtualization project will not realize its potential.

For the key insights on how to go beyond consolidation to achieve the potential tranformational power of virtualization - and to learn what those who have succeeded and struggled have shared with Freeform Dynamics - download the free white paper here. ®