I was reading the recent TheInfoPro report (Information Security Wave 13, 2010) last week. It confirmed a major trend. That is, server virtualization has gained great acceptance. The report shows that more than 45% of organizations now have their servers running on virtualized equipment, with another 30% being planned within the next two years. Such impressive adoption rate is not surprising, given the clear business benefits. The Cisco Connected World Report, Part 3 revealed that increased IT agility and flexibility, as well as optimized resource to save cost are the leading factors that drive virtualization. Looking ahead, virtualization adoption will go beyond just servers.
Earlier this month, LG made a media splash as it announced its intent to offer Android phones that can switch identities when a user taps on the VMWare icon on the phone screen. This would allow the user to switch between two phone SIM cards—one her personal number, and the other her corporate number given by her company. Isn’t it cool to carry your own personal hypervisor anywhere you go?
Another trend achieving industrial strength is desktop virtualization. For example, Userful Corporation, a Calgary-based company, released a virtualization software that enables up to 10 users to use a single PC at the same time. A more robust desktop virtualization approach would be to deploy desktops by running virtual machines (VMs) on physical hosts in a data center. The technology can now enable organizations to deploy large numbers of computer stations at a very low cost, whether in the classroom, office, call center, oil field, hospital, library, military base, Internet cafe, or somewhere else.
Virtualization is about pooling resources (CPU cycles, memory, storage and networking) and improving user experiences for better business results. How do you plan to take full advantage of virtualization in 2011?