The latest digital and related technologies, including cloud, are changing an organization's 'playing field', and not just in its technology and data centers. Virtualization is recognized as the solid first step for implementing a fully converged infrastructure, which in turn is essential for digital-enabled enterprise initiatives. The latest market surveys still predict a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25-80% of demand for different virtualization technologies.
Virtualization, as it is referred to these days, can almost be applied to any and all parts of an IT infrastructure: server, desktop, software, network, data, memory, service, and storage. The number of options may seem overwhelming at first, but each of these approaches is trying to solve different issues around infrastructure simplification. Some of these virtualization technologies are widely in use, whereas others are still evolving - yet all are likely to become very popular.
As part of planning for digital migration and designating a virtualization framework, high-end IT consultants must consider the benefits and challenges of different techniques, and compare possible ‘to-be’ solutions with that of the current organization to expose opportunities for improvement. This paper gives IT consultants, administrators/ implementers, and decision makers of large and medium-sized organizations a summary of some of the popular and emerging virtualization technologies, and provides guidance on making high-level business/technical strategy decisions.