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Gartner: Best practices in virtualisation
Virtualise your systems incrementally to reduce your costs
By Philip Dawson, vice-president and virtualisation agenda manager
Many organisations are continuing to virtualise their IT infrastructures, because they realise that virtualisation can save costs and improve system efficiency. However, IT managers must understand that virtualisation projects require different investments in terms of cost, time and effort.
In this article Gartner advises developing a workload strategy that divides the infrastructure into thirds and approaches each third incrementally, targeting the easiest systems to convert first, and progressively moving to systems that are more complex in terms of I/O (input/output), software licensing and virtual machines (VM).
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This report is based on independent technology advisory research from Gartner, Inc. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for IT leaders to make the right decisions every day.