Key Trends to Watch in the Field of Virtualization – Kevin Patel

Kevin PatelVirtualization is becoming one of the biggest game-changers in the IT industry, as more companies come to rely on the benefits it provides at every level of business operations. Across the world, organizations of every size are making the move to virtual, cloud-based and hybrid systems that cut down their costs while improving business continuity and IT management processes.

There are have been a number of changes in the field, right from the way virtualization monitoring is conducted to how resources are stored internally or externally, to improve service and application provisioning as well as network uptime. As the technology evolves, newer trends keep coming to the forefront, and will continue to do so as long as virtualization remains in use!

Key Virtualization Trends in 2016 and Beyond

Here are some virtualization trends to keep an eye on in 2016 and the years to come:

Server Virtualization and Consolidation

This has been one of the main areas of focus in the last decade, and many companies have completely switched to hosting their server and computing needs on the cloud instead of physical resources.

Here’s a brief overview of why this trend is here to stay:

  • Running on Inexpensive Commodity Processors – Until quite recently, virtualization technology was limited to expensive mainframes. However, newer hypervisors running on existing x86 commodity processors have opened up virtualization capabilities to larger audiences, including small businesses.
  • Improvements in Technology – Larger and cheaper servers are available in plenty, but the key consideration of virtualization technology is to reduce dependency on physical devices. Consolidating servers to the minimum of physical resources allows companies to keep their data centers organized and minimize hardware costs.
  • Impact on Energy Use – The trend of “green computing” is here to stay, but as newer processors become more powerful, they also need more energy to run. Consolidated servers and server virtualization reduce energy consumption, since they minimize the hardware being used in a data center.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs – Server virtualization cuts IT maintenance costs by 40% for every VM (virtual machine) installed, since fewer technicians are required to install, monitor and troubleshoot physical devices used in the data center. Costs of scaling up are also reduced tremendously.

Network and Storage Virtualization

The virtualization of storage and virtual storage area networks (VSANs) is another trend that’s gaining ground. Like server virtualization, VSANs offer greater ease of use, security, flexibility and scalability, since businesses do not need to buy more hardware or invest in updating it while scaling up. This also reduces hardware redundancy, in addition to investment costs.

Companies can easily create individual networks for different business functions and geographic locations, hosting data online for easy and secure access. For those working closely with suppliers and other external vendors, separate networks can improve communication and functioning between them.

Updated Physical Resources

The computing and storage equipment that IT departments use, as well as physical network parts like routers and switches, have undergone a sea change in recent times. Newer kinds of hardware available today are designed to run and configure VLANs (virtual LANs) as well as support virtual network design and implementation, and companies are investing in these to avoid virtualization issues.

New Players in Virtualization

While VMware has been the main player in virtualization technology so far, there are many new ones joining the race. Some of these deal with specific solutions and activities like VMware monitoring while others like Citrix, IBM and HP are gaining ground with alternative software and systems, especially targeting companies who have faced VMware problems in the past.

Consumer-Oriented Virtualization

Designing virtual systems for consumer use (instead of enterprise use alone) is another trend that’s expected to rise to the forefront in the next few years. While consumer products already exist (like software-based virtual SIM cards or “cellphones” that can be used in your laptop or phone), there is going to be some major growth in this space too.

Xangati offers enterprise solutions for any virtualization problems you face. If your IT administrators need some help with virtualization troubleshooting or maintenance, our enterprise solutions can streamline and improve the systems you use in your data center, as well as provide real-time tracking and control. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs today!

About the Author

Kevin PatelKevin Patel is a Service Assurance Technology Analyst at Xangati. A self-proclaimed tech geek, with a passion for the ever-changing world of virtualized and hybrid-cloud environments, Kevin has a passion for dissecting tech topics such as virtualization, data center migration, storage, networking and cloud. On his days off, he can be found watching sci-fi movies, rock climbing or volunteering.

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