BYOD and Cloud computing may be the most publicly sticky buzzwords but there is another dominating and revolutionary trend that is actually past its hype cycle and in the forefront of creating an efficient IT infrastructure. It is one known to potentially optimize on computing resources, consolidate lower capital expenses, scale workloads, ease operational management and even save on power consumption among other benefits. No doubt, this multifaceted paradigm of Virtualization is redefining the IT infrastructure landscape.
However, Virtualization for IT is a broad term and applies to storage, network, server, desktop and mobile among the conceivable areas. For our purpose, we will narrow the focus on server virtualization.
How prevalent is it ?
A recent survey by Cisco FlexPod Express Study of SMB IT professionals revealed that 77 percent of their SMB companies have adopted server virtualization and nearly all of them have secured a competitive advantage as a result.