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Data Center Power Challenges Have Nothing on Virtualization and the User Experience
Keeping information in silos has long been a preferred method of operation; not because it was efficient for storage, but because it was easier for the individuals capturing that information and finding it again later. In a market where data is driving success for a number of organizations, this separation not only causes inefficiency, it also blocks opportunity.
Too often, however, IT directors are more focused on data center power consumption and are looking to virtualization to streamline cost and operations. What generally happens is the creation of personnel silos in virtualization operations. IT teams are generally allocated based on technology, and silos offset the sought-after benefits. A recent Dell (News - Alert) Tech Page One article examines this challenge in the corporate environment and offers three considerations.
First, capacity and performance are the main focus in mainframe mentality. At the same time, IT teams are always learning how to avoid application resource conflicts. Virtualization offers a solution to this challenge as virtualized systems are less affected by conflicts created by application resources. The main concern in this environment is the user experience.
Therefore, the workload must be effectively managed. A combined strategy ensures that the system isn’t sitting idle and that workloads will perform well in the virtualized environment. This frees up space for any workloads that require the resiliency and security inherent in the mainframe environment.
Second, the limited capacity mainframe mindset should be applied to virtualized environments so the mainframe and virtualized resources are used more efficiently. And, while cloud storage is less costly than mainframe, it is still a cost. Before scaling occurs, IT managers should consider the available mainframe capacity in which they have already invested. The bottom line is that while virtualization does deliver cost benefits, it still has a cost that must be considered in all strategies.
Finally, virtualization performance must be observed and measured. With a mainframe mentality, the IT leader considers new workloads and where they are most efficiently run. The user experience has to be considered here as performance is measured according to this outcome. Both sides have to have a clear understanding of the business environment and what constitutes efficient handling.At the end of the day, the virtual and physical worlds will collide where data is concerned. If the data center is designed with this in mind -- the user experience is the priority and the business environment clearly understood -- the outcome is likely to be much better than internal teams that tend to fight each other. And while IT and users may never completely see eye to eye, if they can agree on the business of the data center, they’re well ahead of the competition.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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