What are the factors to consider when it comes to virtualising your infrastructure? And do the business benefits offset the advantages? Those are some of the interesting questions raised by the recent survey published by F5, research that found that large numbers of organisations would put security as a low priority (or perhaps fairer to say, lower priority) when it comes to virtualisation. The thinking being that the drive to virtualise data centres is so worthy in itself that businesses should go ahead and worry about the consequences afterwards.
It could be the need to cut costs; it could be the need to save power or it could be the increasing need to improve business processes - whatever the reason, it is clear that it’s an unstoppable force. What’s clear however is that there are a lot of unanswered questions about the way that companies undertake the virtualisation process: what are the implications for security? How does one control the interplay between the physical and virtual worlds? How does one control ‘server sprawl’ ? How does one provision virtual machines accurately? There are so many questions.
The week before VMworld opens, we at Techworld have been taking the pulse of the user community and gauging some snapshot opinions of what users think. You can answer the question of the day on theTechworld home page or go to @think_tech on Twitter.