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Forward-looking for Virtualization: What Will 2014 Bring?
The idea of virtualization has come a long way since being about servers-only. Virtualization has popped up in other areas of technology, from call centers to networking to desktop functions, and as we close out 2013, one wonders where virtualization is headed.
Since virtualization creates, as the name suggests, a virtual version of something, it can go far beyond data center power. Operating systems, storage devices and network resources are starting to realize the benefit of going virtual as the idea of cloud computing becomes more prevalent. The year 2013 saw a lot going on in the virtual world. Among the top virtual trends for 2013 were desktop virtualization, and server and storage virtualization.
Desktop virtualization, as it stands, is driven largely by the increase in mobile use and the BYOD movement, because it centralizes the security and access policies an organization develops for all its IT users. The process makes BYOD easy to implement.
When it comes to storage virtualization, the benefits are clear. Going virtual removes a lot of the friction in a data center. IT pros can provision a new application in minutes.
Going in knowing that virtualization simplifies a lot of processes, it seems safe to assume that 2014 will be a good year for it, particularly when we’re seeing a big shift in mobile usage, BYOD, and the need for more efficient power and storage in the data center. As cloud computing becomes a common standard, virtualization is just a natural given. By its very function, virtualized infrastructures are, for the most part, the road to cloud computing.
The only foreseeable challenges mostly involve security and training. IT departments must understand the virtual environment 100 percent, and also harness the complexities of security that come along with going virtual.
2014 is the year when the path for enterprise adoption of virtual network infrastructure becomes a lot clearer. IDC (News - Alert) says that more than 70 percent of all server workloads installed next year will be placed on a virtual machine. The revenues from the sale of virtualized server iron is growing at a 14 percent compound annual growth rate between 2009 and 2014, which IDC says is more than twice the rate of growth for the server market overall.Since server virtualization has been a game changer for the datacenter and IT operations overall, 2014 will be a good year as we progress toward a more data-centric landscape, and given all of its benefits, it’s hard to assume it won’t experience significant growth. With its affordability, performance speed and ease of use, it’s a winner.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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