Virtual IT, Real Money
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.