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Towards Virtualisation 2.0

Darren Greenwood Auckland (MIS Australia) | May 19, 2009
Virtualisation in moves into new territories

Indeed, Cisco Systems engineering manager Chris Lockery says Virtualisation 2.0 offers manageability of the environment, which also gives the customer flexibility.

Once you have a more dynamic infrastructure, you can start delivering more to your users. We can deliver content from a central location. It doesnt matter what the end device is. Software-as-a-service delivered to any device they choose, says Lockery.

The benefit to the business is IT can concentrate on the backend. One thing Citrix is doing is the BYO PC initiative. You can put any device on the corporate network.

Organisations, he says, need to work out their requirements to meet the solution that minimises risk, but such Virtualisation 2.0 promises flexibility, centralisation and consolidation, giving the biggest-bang-for-bucks.

Citrix technologies, he continues, are also vendor independent, so you can switch from Microsoft, to VMware, etc, without the need to reboot or rebuild. Such manageability also promises the automation of workloads and processes.

EMC marketing CTO Clive Gold sees the shift from Virtualisation 1.0 to 2.0 as a shift from the efficiency of server consolidation, to the efficiency and control by taking multiple things like servers and desktops and make them look like one logical thing.

A distributed resource scheduler, from VMware, helps manage the complexity of say 10 servers, and such scheduling can also be extended to include environments such as datacentres, allowing service providers like Gen-i the potential to rent-out computing capability.

Devices like hypervisors, he continues, allow work to be shifted around, simply and automatically.

Gold likens it to a telephone exchange: in the past calls were routed manually using people, but now this is done automatically.

Virtualisation 1.0 reduced capital expenditure, he says, while 2.0 is about simplifying operations and automating them.

EMC also believe Virtualisation 2.0 will change processes and procedures as organisations shift towards virtualised storage, for example. But Gold warns people may still need new servers to make it work.

At Microsoft, Windows Server marketing manager Tovia Vaaelua says in the past few years, virtualisation has moved from just servers, to desktops and applications and even to management.

Customers are looking at using datacentres and vendors are expected to offer multiple technologies.

The move to Hypervisor type virtualisation is the standard and platforms are expected to carry in-built virtualisation capabilities.

Microsofts Dynamic Systems Initiative, he says, provides self-aware and self-healing infrastructure. Coupled with management technologies, it can identify which resources are working sub-optimally and need pre-emptive action, like moving to another piece of hardware.

A key promise and differentiator of Virtualisation 2.0 from 1.0 is business continuity, by way of high availability and also disaster recovery.

People are looking for virtualisation strategies that allow the moving of applications quickly and smoothly with little or no impact on end users, he says.


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