Virtualisation entering new era in the Middle East
Red Hat sketches the shape of 2013 virtualisation
Virtualisation is a mature technology today. Many organisations in the Middle East have deployed virtualisation across their non-mission critical environments, and as they are gaining comfort with the concepts and technologies, they are feeling more and more confident about deploying it in mission critical areas. Below is the shape of things to come in the virtualisation space in the region in 2013.
The multi-hypervisor data centre becomes a reality
For much of the past decade, if you wanted enterprise-grade virtualisation, there was one choice of vendor: VMware. Fast-forward to today, and nearly 50% of x86 workloads are now virtualised. As organisations look to expand that footprint, they have begun to explore alternative virtualisation platforms. Results from the independent, industry-standard benchmark for virtualisation - called SPECvirt - conducted by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) show that performance and scalability advantages no longer reside with a single company. The basic functionality that most organisations consistently use can be found in most offerings on the market today.
Expect the potential for a multi-hypervisor data centre to become a reality in 2013. Just as some companies have found that single-vendor strategies for operating systems or hardware do not make sense for them in an agile world, the era of a single vendor for virtualisation is over.
Linux and open source increasingly drive next wave of cloud and virtualisation innovation and adoption
The first wave of virtualisation in most organisations was driven by Windows server consolidation. Windows servers historically were dedicated to one mission-critical application-companies would not run Exchange on the same server as their SQL Server database, for example. As such, servers were sized for peak workloads and many were underutilised. The resulting server sprawl made management difficult, increased administrative and facility costs, and left wasted resources unavailable to the organisation without risking critical workloads. Consolidating these Windows servers made a lot of sense.