Considerations for Implementing a Virtualized Environment

In today's business environment, virtualization is a key business tool that helps enterprises become more efficient even as they cut costs.  Implementing this tool, however, can be a complex process.  While it is possible that some businesses already have staff on hand that can handle the task of migrating entire systems onto virtualized servers, most enterprises are beginning to recognize that they will be better served by enlisting the assistance of outside IT solutions providers. 

These providers, also known as managed program providers, are often more able than enterprise employees to see the "big picture" of a company's overall IT infrastructure.  This is because the native staff of an enterprise have generally worked more closely with some departments than others and may in fact be specialists in certain areas of the company's core competencies.  This creates in them an unintended bias toward directing IT resources to those functions and departments with which they are most familiar.  An outside provider, in contrast, can evaluate the enterprise's needs as an integrated whole, which is often the key to designing a virtualization environment that best supports all workflow in the company.

The Best Way to Implement Cloud Computing or Virtualization

In most cases, businesses should regard virtualization as a comprehensive new structure that will encompass all aspects of their computing environment.  This is generally a more successful approach than treating virtualization as a special project that will only apply to certain departments in the company.  Although a managed program provider is key to making this new environment a reality, all departments in the company should be involved in providing input to the provider to help make the virtualized environment most effective in terms of their ongoing needs.

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