We all know that our computer systems are underutilized. Most new desktops
come with far more storage than is going to be used (or, to be more exact -
should be used given file servers). Processors desktops and servers are busy
only 20% of the time, and we always buy more memory than we need just in
case. We are left with spending large amounts of capital for hardware that
will sit idle most of the time.
The solution is Virtualization - one of the latest buzzword floating around
Information Technology. It seems that we have been talking about
virtualization for a while now, but what does it actually mean and how do I
get there? The key thing to know is that virtualization is all about making
the most efficient usage of your infrastructure while allowing for maximum
As in all things, we need to be clear on our terms - what is virtualization?
In practi... (more)
One of the truisms in information technology is that everything old is new
again - well, except maybe for punched cards. We went from big corporate data
centers to regional/division corporate data centers back to big corporate
data centers and now to even bigger cloud data centers. We have gone from
dumb terminals were everything was done on the mainframe, to PCs, and now to
virtualized desktops - where everything is run on the central servers. And
now, we are back to talking about the IT advantages of telecommuting.
Telecommuting is certainly nothing new. But what is changing is ... (more)