Tuesday 19 April 2011

Virtualization Strategies Must Include Storage

Virtualization of desktops and servers has so far saved some businesses a bundle on their IT costs, but when overhauling a data center or integrating virtualization to existing networks, businesses need to consider storage needs as well.

According to George Teixeira, president and chief executive of DataCore Software Corp, the cost appeal of virtualization can often distract from other priorities in the company.

"You get excited about saving all this money with consolidating many servers to a few and completely forget that part of that has to be used to offset getting additional capabilities on the storage side," he told IT World Canada.

Teixeira's company conducted a survey of medium to large scale businesses throughout North America and Europe, with one third of respondents indicating they mis-estimated budgets for storage when deploying virtualization solutions.

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