Why Virtualize Your Data Center? 10 Reasons

Wednesday Nov 3rd 2010 by Kenneth Hess
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Virtualizing your data center can provide a common management interface and easier hardware changes, among other advantages.

Virtualizing your data center certainly won't solve all your headaches, yet it does offer a number of potential advantages. Kenneth Hess explains.


You've heard only a few of the reasons that virtualization is a hot technology: It saves money, it lowers the number of physical servers, and it is a green. However, there are other reasons to virtualize your infrastructure, especially for those who work with virtual machines as their primary job duty.

These 10 reasons are aimed at the system administrators and virtualization administrators who manage those environments.

1. Common Management Interface

Having all your servers available in a single application is cool, but the ability to control those servers from that single interface is downright arctic. Virtualization offers access to virtual machine (VM) hardware, consoles and storage. Your entire gaggle of systems as readily available as a pocket protector full of trade show pens is almost too good to be true.

2. ILO Not Required

For the unlucky lot whose hands-on techs don't setup your Integrated Lights Out (ILO) interfaces, virtualization removes that burden for the better. Virtualization allows you to boot a VM from a powered-off state without the need for physical access to the system. The number of saved trips into the data center is worth the most minuscule return on investment from switching to a virtual infrastructure.

3. Easy "Hardware" Changes

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