Virtualisation is the answer to the challenge of ensuring information is available anywhere, anytime, all the time, forever, according to Hitachi Data Systems Australia and New Zealand chief technology officer, Adrian De Luca.
He was speaking at a moderated debate on the trends affecting server, desktop and storage virtualisation at the Implementing Information Infrastructure Symposium 2011 held in Sydney.
De Luca opened his speech by laying out some key drivers in the IT space, such as one billion applications on mobile devices by 2014 propelling server deployment and more virtual machines being deployed annually than before.
According to De Luca, a good virtualisation solution enhances the resources it manages by driving up utilisation, not adding additional complexity to configure and manage, improves performance rather than acting as a bottleneck.
“Scalability by definition is the ability to add resources by maintaining linear performance,” De Luca said.
“Never be proprietary to ensure maximum interoperability and investment protection.”
With processor technology scaling up, network bandwidth is increasing, management becoming more integrated, and workloads placing greater I/O load on storage systems, De Luca sees data centres now undergoing a transformation from a physical, legacy environment to a virtual one.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is also picking up steam as the post-PC era is demanding applications be available on any device, workloads are demanding scalability and performance required, and security, control and management maturing.
“A scalable and flexible architecture is needed to deliver the next generation of virtualisation,” De Luca said.
Dell vice-president of storage and networking, Praveen Asthana, built on De Luca’s speech by talking about success on the virtualisation journey.
“Virtualisation is the new IT paradigm,” Asthana stated.
For Dell, virtualisation brings success in stages, with real, significant benefits of the technology propelling adoption.
While virtualisation brings economical savings, increased quality of service, strategic agility, Asthana warned that new barriers have emerged with the technology and familiar ones remain.
“Traditional methods, skills and tools will not overcome complex challenges,” Asthana said.
“Virtualisation success requires new approaches.”
What Asthana suggests is to transform the way IT resources are delivered and managed, the way virtual infrastructure is implemented, and the design of infrastructure.
With the traditional approach to acquiring and implementing virtual infrastructure driving unnecessary costs and efforts, Asthana recommends that companies change their approach to IT operations management.
“The traditional approach is not keeping pace with virtualisation growth,” Asthana said.
“Your virtualisation journey is an investment in your cloud success.”