Successful virtualization and consolidation addresses the IT lifecycle

Virtualization and consolidation are two very different, yet complimentary technologies that can help bring operational efficiency and strategic alignment to new levels within any organization. However, most approaches revolve around simple physical-to-virtual conversion - a strategy that may seem sound at the outset, but truly falls short of achieving the full benefits of a virtual platform. ROI and TCO calculations are only part of the equation. A robust and scalable virtual environment requires IT processes and procedures that are aligned with a radically different operational and strategic paradigm, turning traditional IT methodology on its head. The IT lifecycle, from core infrastructure all the way up through application business process, is fundamentally different. Traditional thinking around security, scalability, and integration with existing business process limit the true realization of the benefits - and strategic capabilities - of virtualization.

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Virtualization is often presented as a single all-encompassing solution when in reality it's only one piece of a complex puzzle focused on business-driven requirements. Virtualization at its core is an enabler - one that can help organizations achieve previously unheard of benefits in IT efficiency, cost savings, and strategic solutions that were either out of reach or too technologically challenging. Cloud Approach can show you how virtualization enables the consolidation of your organization's various physical and application environments onto shared servers and clouds. We can also show you how to consolidate storage, gaining increased flexibility and efficiency while driving out cost. The ROI in power, software, hardware, maintenance and cooling costs are defined, along with other cost and benefits, as part of the Cloud Approach SONIC consulting services framework.

Most dedicated servers are significantly underutilized; moving applications to virtual servers lowers TCO by reallocating the cost of idle server resources while increasing operational efficiency. Consolidation of storage interfaces can simplify networking requirements and provide a range of cost, performance, maintenance, and disaster recovery benefits. The SONIC methodology balances business needs, management realities, operational considerations, security, and business processes with technical recommendations and prioritizes based on the SONIC ROI tradeoff analysis.

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