HorizonWatching Trend Report: Virtualization

I’ve prepared a HorizonWatching Trend report on Virtualization and have posted it to Slideshare.  It is embedded below.

The slides provide an overview on the Virtualization trend for HorizonWatching Community members.  In the deck you will find summary information about the Virtualizatoin trend along with many links to additional resources.

Virtualization as a technology has in fact been around for a very long time.  Virtualized infrastructures have become popular not only for cost savings, but because they can enable quick changes to business models, operating structures and the way that business processes are enabled. In addition, a highly virtualized infrastructure is a prerequisite for private clouds so CIOs will continue to focus on virtualization.

Virtualization is one of the best ways to get more business value from an IT infrastructure. By decoupling logical resources from physical assets, virtualization can empower an exceptionally swift response to changing business conditions or changing business strategies.

Over the last 3-4 years we’ve seen server virtualization really take off as a trend and now it is almost standard technology in the data center.  While security concerns remain a hurdle to deployment, we’ll continue to see a focus on virtualization across the entire infrastructure in 2012.

The slides provide an overview on the Virtualization trend. Summary information about the Virtualization trend is provided along with many links to additional resources.   The slides are meant to be read/studied and the links are there for you to continue your learning.  You may want to view the slides in slideshow mode so you can easily follow the links.

Over the next week or two, I will be posting information about other HorizonWatching Trend Reports. Stay tuned.