David Greschler, director of virtualization strategy for Microsoft, recently told CTO Edge businesses should take a strategic approach to virtualization as the market is rapidly changing, making the technology a business enabler.
According to Greschler, strategic moves, such as Microsoft's bundling of Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2, indicate the industries state of flux and openness as Microsoft and other companies take a heterogeneous approach to virtualization. This strategy is also displayed by Microsoft's compatibility between its Systems Center software and both Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines.
Greschler also explained businesses are adopting a wide variety of server virtualization styles. Greschler told the news source IT companies are going to use virtualization to help them manage costs by removing the need for locally stored software, creating an open market for virtual server hosting. Cloud computing technologies could also impact this market. The many prospective changes in the virtualization industry, according to Greschler, make strategic planning important.
A recent report from the Hosting News explained that new hybrid hosting models, such as VPS servers, can allow businesses to flexibly deploy IT resources in virtual server hosting environments. This scalability can help alleviate some of the pressure associated with virtualization strategy.