Most enterprises are embracing virtualization of servers to one degree or another. Cost and flexibility benefits continue to shine through, so everyone is looking toward virtualization as much as possible.
But within every organization, you are likely to find at least one application nobody wants to touch. Either the app has been heavily modified, or there is little internal expertise on it. But it works, so nobody wants to touch it. There are some types of applications for which you might never choose virtualization. If one or two applications come to mind at your company, you’re not alone.
No virtualization for you
Here are three reasons companies are avoiding virtualization for certain apps:
- Lack of expertise: some companies still put their complete faith in standalone servers, at least from a “critical” application perspective.
- Customization and fine tuning: If it’s going to be a challenge to get a virtualized server to work as well as one running on standalone hardware, many benefits of virtualization are lost.
- Hardware-optimized applications: Appliances are clogging the virtualization movement. If the plan was to ride the application and hardware into the ground, many continue to stick to that philosophy until the appliance lifecycle reaches an end.
For more, read the complete article Virtualize (Almost) Everything.
About the Author
Andre Froehlich, a network engineer and IT consultant, is a writer for EnterpriseEfficiency.com, a UBM Tech community.