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Forrester TechRadar™: Infrastructure Virtualization, Q2 2008

Client And Server Virtualization Progress, But Storage Virtualization Reboots

April 4, 2008

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Authors

  • By Galen Schreck
  • with Natalie Lambert,
  • Andrew Reichman,
  • Robert Whiteley III,
  • Simon Yates,
  • Rachel Batiancila

Why Read This Report

Every major category of IT infrastructure has been endowed with some virtualization capability. Although virtualization can make your IT environment more cost-effective and agile, the underlying technologies have matured at different rates. Furthermore, not every form of virtualization will deliver the business value you have experienced with more mature forms like server virtualization. To simplify planning for IT infrastructure and operations professionals, Forrester has analyzed the main infrastructure virtualization technologies' maturity and potential. We found that server and client virtualization technologies are poised to greatly improve your infrastructure in the near-term, while today's storage virtualization will deliver a much lower level of business value. Network virtualization of bandwidth and connectivity has played an important — but invisible — role behind the scenes of your infrastructure, but networks haven't stood still: Newer incarnations like virtualized network security services are quickly becoming commonplace.

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Table of Contents

  • Overview: Forrester's TechRadar For IT Infrastructure Virtualization
  • IT Infrastructure Virtualization TechRadar: Virtualize Clients And Servers
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Prioritize Virtualization Projects To Prepare For A Softer Economy
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents