As the virtualized environment has begun to gain traction in the business world, a number of natural consequences have been the result. First, many server manufacturing companies have begun the shift to creating machines meant for use in a virtual environment – within a year, half of the servers being produced are predicted to be for virtual systems. Second, more and more companies have begun to recognize the significant impact that server virtualization will have on the industry. According to a recent ESG survey, less than 10% of all companies – regardless of their place in the technology industry – believe that virtual servers will have little or no impact on the way they do business. It is understood that VPS technology is here to stay and that with the proper server management team, can be an excellent way for companies to remove physical hardware but still get the performance they need.
What this means for in-house and virtual server IT departments is significant. For in-house IT teams, it means a need to understand and prepare for virtualization and how storage will become one of the main challenges faced by a business on the “physical” side. For providers, this increasing interest in VPS technology means the need for a more robust set of tools that companies can use to monitor the storage, I/O use and overall health of their VPS network.
Right now, users are open-minded about how these tools are implemented and how the entire system is made to function – the technology is new enough that the “rules” are still being written. For server providers, this is an opportunity to create new and more effective tools in a world that will see increasing virtualization over the next several years.