Virtualization Of Corporate IT
Apply virtual reality and artificial intelligence to corporate
networks and information-technology departments and you can simulate
stack of systems that can automate any network of data centers and
let you manage it from anywhere.
In network terms, virtualization takes on a different meaning,
with VMWare providing shared processing and management.
As we more further along the knowledge continuum towards artificial
intelligence taking over administrative takes, network administrators
will no longer deal with security patches or server partitioning.
Nor will they deal with service provisioning. Customers can request
services and applications on line, and the new application is server
almost instantly at whatever computing power was ordered. A new
era of network intelligence can be accessed using a virtual reality
Service provisioning for phone services can be managed likewise.
The always constraining billing and back office functions are standardized.
These are just a few examples of what technology executives are
attemting to create using virtual infrastructures. Hardware, software
and billing are expected to be sufficiently standardized and reliable
to allow automation at the service level.
The current design and delivery is driven by sound technology processes
and policy. In the future, compliance to process and policies will
be mandated by systems, not people.
The net result will be a lot fewer systems administrators and
a lot more business analysts devising ways to become more efficient.
Research firm Gartner predicts that 40% of personal computers
shipped in 2008 will include virtualization technology that will
allow their electronic brains to be shared in corporate-wide computing
Where technical incompatibility was once the key issue, the future
looks more likely to be people incompatibility as employees become
more competitive to retain their positions and vendors more proprietary
about sharing servers with other vendors applications.
Path To Virtualization And AI Management
The path to virtualization and artificial intelligence management
will need to remedy a number of issues:
- Standards - these continue to be an overarching
complication. Competing vendors may not support their applications
if they reside on the same servers.
- Processes - companies must refine and document
processes before they can automate them.
- Technical Convergence - companies must consolidate
their hardware and software into a single set of applications,
usable data and communications.
All this may require knowledge of the business that many businesses
may not have. This is where experienced process and systems analysts
will be in hot demand.
And the benefit to the company…
If a company with 400 servers consolidates just 15% of those machines,
it could save nearly $713,400 annually, according to an estimate
by Baseline Business Information Services.
And, automating data operations translates to more work with less
staff; redirecting the focus of staff to more meaningful customer
facing projects that drive growth in sales; and others on product
development to improve bottom-line results.
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