Friday, December 12, 2008

Why do We Bother With Server Virtualization, Anyway?

This is something that has frankly astounded me over the years...  For years vendors such as VMWare and Microsoft have been telling us about the flexibility, power and savings inherent in consolidating Servers into Virtual Machines.

For some reason, the rest of the software industry has not caught on to this and think that this is not a scalable architecture.  I'm amazed.  I don't think any of these software firms have ever looked at a manual or talked to the vendors or their customers running virtual data centers.

There's no reason production implementations cannot run on a VM.  Modern VMs are just as configurable and scalable as physical servers.  Even more so in fact, since the files can be moved from one host server to another where more resources can be allocated.  

Wake up, application vendors!  VMWare is just as good as an IBM P server in terms of configuring hosted configurations.  This is the 21st century, let's start thinking a little more "out of the (server) box"

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