Vir­tual IT, Real Money

DQ Channels - - Channel Pulse - RA­JNEESH DE/ ra­jneeshd@cy­ber­me­

Vir­tu­al­iza­tion seems to be the overused buzz word in IT to­day. Or shall we say ‘over abused’. Which­ever, way you turn, ven­dors, chan­nel part­ners, SIs, CIOs are ex­tolling the ben­e­fits of vir­tu­al­iza­tion. As if vir­tu­al­iza­tion is the panacea that in one stroke would swipe away all the ills in the coun­try. As if, what­ever tech­nolo­gies were be­ing dab­bled in IT be­fore the ad­vent of vir­tu­al­iza­tion was just sheer time pass and we have now found the elixir that cures all.

With ex­perts pass­ing the de­cree that vir­tu­al­iza­tion is the first and es­sen­tial step when you are em­bark­ing on a jour­ney of cloud com­put­ing, it is not sur­pris­ing to see that ev­ery en­tity in the IT fra­ter­nity is making a bee­line for vir­tu­al­iza­tion. Vir­tual servers, vir­tual stor­age, vir­tual desk­tops, vir­tual de­vices, vir­tual net­work, vir­tual soft­ware all have been do­ing the rounds for some­time.

Re­cently, in any busi­ness con­fer­ence I at­tend any­where in the world a spate of speak­ers keep on ex­tolling the virtues of soft­ware de­fined net­works (SDNs), SDCs etc. SDNs ba­si­cally work on the prin­ci­ple of vir­tu­al­iza­tion of net­works. As I was lis­ten­ing to the speak­ers, I was won­der­ing that with net­works, even the ba­sic tenet of IT in­fra­struc­ture has now been au­to­mated. In fact, the much touted cloud jour­ney has been built on the tenets of vir­tu­al­iza­tion. And with cloud be­ing pro­jected as the nir­vana for all en­ter­prises, vir­tu­al­iza­tion will be­come fur­ther ain­stream.

While I have no prob­lems against vir­tu­al­iza­tion (it might really be the fu­ture of tech­nol­ogy), I of­ten won­der that pre­pon­der­ance of vir­tual IT should not mean the end of the road for IT as we have known th­ese last two decades. More im­por­tantly, IT in­fra­struc­ture might be­come vir­tual, but the money it gen­er­ates should re­main real. Vir­tual money will not be good for the health of any­one, how­ever healthy vir­tu­al­iza­tion might make you.

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