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Should Virtualization Be Open-Source?
Virtualization is becoming a mainstream technology for most large businesses, as it offers profound changes to the way data centers perform. It offers reduced costs, easier backups, better testing and easier migration to cloud computing. But how can open-source make an already well-oiled technology perform even better?
When it comes to software, open-source means reliability, security, and faster deployment time. This is very much true with server virtualization as well.
Open-source virtualization means anyone can access source code and modify it. In a closed-source solution, you’d usually have to wait for the vendor to provide a solution to whatever problem you’re encountering. Open-source eliminates that hassle.
There are some big names to support open-source virtualization, so support is a non-issue. Companies like KVM offer support for the software running in virtual machines (VMs) and the hardware on which the VMs are installed. Just because it’s open-source, it doesn’t mean that it’s a free-for-all. Some open-source solutions come with the caveat that you have to figure it out, as no one in particular owns them, but really, it’s a common misconception that is not exclusive to the be-all of open-source.
New technologies are popping up everywhere when it comes to managing the data center. New applications, workloads and service models are all being driven from the data center down to the end-user. As more organizations digitize their environments, the push for scalable and efficient data center services will only continue to grow. Open-source simply provides another means to this.
Data infrastructure remains one of the top cost centers at most businesses, and it may be an expense that few will be able to afford much longer. Open-source offers a low-cost, scalable alternative to the current state of affairs.
Making sure your data center is efficient when it comes to power is key, too. Companies like Server Technology (News - Alert) work alongside their customers on the support and management of the cabinet power distribution market for maximum uptime and efficiency.
Its selection of Sentry PDUs is performance tested for reliability and accuracy and is adaptable, enabling quick delivery of solutions that meet customer-specific requirements.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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