Virtualization is the corner stone of cloud

by Sharon Lobo    May 13, 2010

Over the last last few years virtualization has gained prominence amongst businesses for the enormous benefits it has to offer in terms of cost and energy savings. We spoke to Seema Ambastha, Director-Technology VMware India on the evolution of virtualization and its adoption in the future.

How has virtualization evolved/matured over time and what are the latest innovations in it?
Over the years virtualization has revolutionized the IT industry, radically improving every dimension from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, and virtualization platforms have gained the support of the entire ecosystem of technologies-from servers to storage to networking to security to management to operating systems and to applications.

Today customers want to have flexibility to access infrastructure resource pools on demand. IT teams are asked to accommodate this shift in the consumption model, but still deal with the security, compatibility, and compliance issues associated with delivering that convenience to application business owners.

The IT industry is moving towards the vision of cloud computing, and virtualization is the foundation and corner stone on which the cloud architecture is built on. Each stage of virtualization adoption is making the next stage possible and builds cumulatively on the previous stages. Moving through the stages of virtualization, organizations are not only gaining the benefits of that stage but also building the infrastructure that will help support cloud computing in future.

What form of virtualization (Desktop, Server, Storage, Network, Applications, Software) is gaining popularity among Indian business and why?

We are seeing a huge demand for ‘business infrastructure virtualization’, from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud-that energize business, while saving energy. IT organizations in companies of all sizes are relying more and more on VMware and its industry-leading platform.

To what extent is business infrastructure Virtualization cost effective?

Business infrastructure virtualization allows business to optimize financial energy by reducing capital and datacenter costs to get more done with less. It can also reduce capital costs by as much as 60 percent and reduces time spent on routine administrative tasks by about a third.

Additionally, such virtualization reduces power, cooling and real estate needs in the datacenter, cutting energy costs by up to 80 percent.
    
How has the adoption of virtualization solutions been so far and how will it be in the near future?
Virtualization is a technology that benefits anyone from IT professionals to commercial businesses, enterprises and government organizations. There are millions of people around the world today who use virtualization to save time, money and energy while achieving more with the computer hardware they already own.

For any organization today, the directive from the management is ‘to do more with less’ or ‘to do more with what you have.We feel virtualization fits very well into both these directives as organizations can achieve more with less or optimize existing infrastructure using virtualization solutions. This technology enables organizations to consolidate and get more from existing or new servers, save power, reduce cooling, ensure high availability and business continuity at much lower costs. One of the biggest benefits in these times is that of massive reduction of operational expenses.

Companies have rapidly adopted virtualization over the past few years, but there are big differences in their use of the technology. Most companies have seen dramatic reduction hardware budgets, real estate savings, improve disaster recovery and achieve high availability.

How does vSphere 4 benefit businesses?
VMware vSphere delivers the most comprehensive set of capabilities for high availability, security, resource optimization and business continuity, making it the platform of choice for critical infrastructure and applications for customers of any size. Organizations that use VMware vSphere can achieve consolidation ratios of well over 15:1, with automated management and dynamic allocation of resources to applications across internal and external cloud infrastructures.

Additionally the solution automates the delivery of service-level agreements (SLAs) covering availability, security and scalability shifting the paradigm of datacenter management from infrastructure to service delivery.

With VMware vSphere, customers retain flexibility of choice, remaining independent of hardware, operating system, application stack, and service providers. This means customers can support their existing applications, and feel confident about future applications, while retaining the flexibility to deploy within internal or external cloud infrastructures.

What are the future trends you see in the virtualization space?
In future we will see new cloud computing services such as our recently announced "VMforce", which extends salesforce.com’s Force.com development platform to allow Java developers to build and deploy enterprise apps in the cloud. Such solutions are simple to use as they run in the cloud and there is no hardware to manage neither any software stack to install, patch, tune or upgrade.