Policy-based management on the way: HDS

Enterprises moving away from micro-managing the placement of individual VMs, says Hitachi Data Systems

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Policy-based management on the way: HDS White: We see them moving to policy-based management where VMs are deployed from flexible resource pools (ITP Images)
By  Tom Paye Published  July 27, 2014

Organisations in the Middle East will soon begin managing physical resources using policies, now that many have reached very high levels of virtualisation, according to Aaron White, general manager for the Middle East and Pakistan at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).

Speaking to ITP.net on where HDS sees the next phases of virtualisation going, White explained that enterprises would move away from micro-managing the placement of individual virtual machines (VMs).

"Instead of having siloes of virtualisation, where they have applications or business units within small virtualised clusters, we see them moving to policy-based management where VMs are deployed from flexible resource pools," he said.

"We also see them moving beyond just virtualising the server to deploy storage virtualisation technologies to eliminate data siloes."

White added that HDS also sees enterprises adopting network virtualisation technologies to ease multi-tenancy and network service configuration issues.

White acknowledged that some companies are running at less than 60% virtualisation, and that these companies tend to focus on the consolidation of easy workloads. However, he said that, once organisations get past the point of around 60% virtualised, they begin to look at improving other areas of the infrastructure.

"Savings on physical hardware are often the main priority," he said.

"When they move beyond 60%, they start to look at virtualising core, mission-critical workloads and therefore focus on service levels, automation and functionality.

"We can see that organisations look to drive down the cost of providing high availability, disaster recovery and backup and recovery, for example. And they look to a dynamic infrastructure to make it more efficient to spin up multiple copies of an environment for testing," he added.

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