If You Aren’t 100% Virtualized, You’re Missing Out

Softchoice at VMWare Partner Exchange 2013

The Softchoice team recently wrapped up the week at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) and one thing was clear: many companies are still lagging behind in their virtualization efforts. In my opinion, this is a big problem. You should be 100% virtualized.

Let start with the why

First (and always first) lets look at dollars. VMware shared a study of a Fortune 100 enterprise they completed with McKinsey & Company. The question that was asked: how much could you save by running your current IT Operations with virtualization and all the modern tools and were not held back by your current legacy systems. The answer? 70% savings in CAPEX and 50% savings in OPEX.

And if that’s not compelling enough, read on for an even more compelling reason you should be 100% virtualized.

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ESX Server Reaching End Of Life In 8 Months: Get The FAQs From vExpert David Davis [VMware]

ESX Server Reaching End of Life in 8 Months

In July of 2012, VMware announced there would be no new versions of the ESX Server hypervisor, and (starting with ESXi 5) they will only be releasing a newer, thinner and more secure hypervisor: the ESXi Server.

How does this impact you?

We asked Director of Infrastructure at TrainSignal and certified virtualization expert David Davis for his recommendations. David Davis (CCIE #9369, VCP, CISSP, MCSE) has been in the IT industry for 15+ years. He has authored over 300 articles, 6 video training courses, and co-authored one book.

Emily Davidson (ED): Where do I start?

David Davis (DD): With the end of availability date quickly approaching for VMware ESX Server, customers who are using these products need to make plans for the future. Before you get to that planning, let’s first clarify which VMware products we are talking about by offering a quick comparison between ESX and ESXi.

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