CA – Automating Virtualization Management
© Butler Direct Limited
Published March 2009
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THE EXPANSION OF X86 VIRTUALIZATION
The economics of globalization demand that organizations adapt business models and working practices more
rapidly than previous paradigm shifts have required, which can be summarized by the need to be more
responsive, more agile, and more cost effective. The role of IT is now central to many organizations and as such
is seen as the catalyst for transforming organizations’ future prospects; virtualization of the x86 market has
presented a plethora of new opportunities that IT departments must prioritize and harness if they are to drive the
organization forward. Butler Group has identified three key opportunities that virtualization offers organizations
wanting to operate effectively in the new global economy, and these can be categorized as: automation,
flexibility, and business alignment. However, all of these need the technology to be managed effectively so that
they can deliver against the promise. While many virtualization reports are focused on the reduction in Run The
Business (RTB) costs enabled by increasing the utilization of the server estate, and by implication reducing the
overall power consumption, we believe those benefits to be widely understood, and advocate that organizations
to look beyond this use of virtualization towards how it and systems management can transform an organization’s
and hence its future prosperity.
According to Datamonitor research 70% of the cost of running a data center is attributed to the people costs,
and many research projects have found that on average 80% of all system outages are due to human error.
Therefore, the ability to automate the delivery of services, the change process, and the dynamic use of resources
represents a major opportunity for IT not only to reduce the RTB costs, but also to increase the service levels,
enabling its end users to be more productive and innovative in how IT is used.
Agility and flexibility are terms that have been used so often by technology vendors that their impact on CIOs has
been eroded; however, where real agility can be delivered, and when it is combined with automation,
organizations are transformed. While it is true to say that x86 virtualization enables agility, it is not correct to say
agility. Butler Group considers the role of systems management as the ultimate tool that provides