Sometimes virtualization is like a seesaw. As hardware costs are reduced, administrative costs rise. As workloads and compute resources become more efficient, the overarching infrastructure becomes more complex.
“Virtualization is wildly popular because it helps lower hardware costs, minimize power and cooling expenses and increase server utilization rates,” says David Gee, Vice President of Marketing for HP Software. “But there is a caveat. As IT teams seek to drive down the cost of computing by giving more flexibility to server, network and storage systems, they effectively add complexity and cost to the ways these systems are managed and automated.”
If organizations don’t get their arms around the administrative complexity that virtualization introduces, Gee adds, they’ll never be able to realize the cost savings, performance gains or efficiencies that it can deliver.
According to a recent IDC white paper sponsored by HP, “Virtualization is having a profoundly positive impact on the ability of IT organizations to respond to business demands; the agility that the infrastructure provides offers faster deployment of IT services. However, the management of both physical and virtual infrastructures is an important area of investment to ensure availability, problem identification and resolution, and an IT service perspective.” *
Like many IT innovations, virtualization brings its own specialized management and configuration tools. This explosion of disconnected management tools can create silos within silos.
“IDC believes that IT organizations must better prepare for and invest in management for the growing problem of VM sprawl that spans server, storage, desktop, and application environments,” the IDC white paper states. “As virtualization adoption continues to grow, IT executives must place a strategic emphasis on management to accelerate and extend the benefits of virtualization over the long term.”
HP offers a comprehensive portfolio of software solutions that ease virtualization complexity, says Bob Meyer, Business Technology Optimization (BTO) Solutions Manager for HP. But it would be a mistake to think of them as virtualization solutions only.