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TechRadar™ For Infrastructure And Operations Professionals: Infrastructure Virtualization, Q4 2009

I/O Virtualization Enters Its Growth Phase

November 16, 2009

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Authors

  • By Galen Schreck
  • with Robert Whiteley III,
  • Natalie Lambert,
  • Andrew Reichman,
  • Simon Yates,
  • Christian Kane

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 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

  • The State Of Plans For Infrastructure Virtualization
  • Why The Future Of Infrastructure Virtualization Matters
  • Overview: TechRadar For Infrastructure Virtualization
  • Infrastructure Virtualization TechRadar: Virtualize Clients And Servers
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Virtualization Helps Firms Prepare For All Types Of Economic Conditions
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents