IT strategy rapidly evolving as virtualization grows

Just when you thought it was safe to get back to work, your IT world is changing again. Or at the very least evolving.

It’s been doing so since at least 2008, when Gartner, the well-known information technology research and analyst firm, spotlighted one trend, which it calls “the highest-impact issue, changing how organizations plan, buy, deploy and manage IT through 2012.”

And that’s virtualization.

It sounds a bit Matrix-y, and that’s okay, because it is in a way.  Virtualization refers to the virtual rendering of an actual thing, like an operating system, storage device, server and so forth. Your employees encounter it most often when they’re running virtual desktops from their computers at home.

If you’re avoiding it, you might want to rethink your approach. Agile businesses are moving quickly to adopt virtualization, allowing their employees to access information anywhere, anytime with any device. Powerful, powerful stuff, as workforces become more nimble, mobile and spread out. WiFi, 3G, 4G, smartphones and tablets connect workers to their work – and each other – like never before. And virtualization is letting it happen.

As IT infrastructure and datacenter strategy moves toward this new reality ­­­– and we believe it is a reality that’s here to stay – more and more companies will rely on vendors who have the virtualization experience and understanding needed to support their long-term business goals.

We’re so sure this is one of the main avenues business IT is heading down, Hyland regularly updates its virtualization support statement to underscore our commitment to making OnBase run seamlessly on our customers’ virtual infrastructure. And it’s why we find maintaining our VMware ready and Citrix ready certifications so important.

And it’s not just talk. 

Hyland’s own Software as a Service solution, OnBase OnLine, runs almost entirely on virtualized servers hosted by VMware ESX Server.  Many of our customers also host their OnBase solution on virtualized servers. 

One customer runs 30 physical VMware ESX Servers which host ample virtualized servers, providing a server environment that can sustain some 22,000 users. 

So there you have it. Virtualization is the future. And the future is already here.

Glenn Gibson

Glenn Gibson

Glenn Gibson is the director of Product Communication at Hyland, creator of OnBase. With 15 years working in the IT industry, he’s collected several certifications over the years as a... read more about: Glenn Gibson

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