BFSI VISION | Virtualization


Girish VS

Managing Editor, BFSI Vision

Why Virtualization Fails

Virtualization is not new – it can be traced back to the1960s – when mainframes ruled the roost. And neither is it glitzy – it is a humdrum, not so glamorous part of the IT strategy. And that is why we decided to focus on it for this newsletter. Like any function that has a strategic angle to it, virtualization runs the risk of failure. (For the most part, any transaction oriented solution has a far higher success rate!) Why is it that virtualization runs the risk of failure?

For starters, poor planning –inadequate planning can be a cause for failure – especially not thinking through compatibility issues. Before jumping on the virtualization bandwagon, spend some time researching the specific business need you wish to address, the solutions out there, and the applications you wish to move and their workload. Remember the old adage – Fools rush where angels fear to tread! A second reason is lack of experience – firms often have to depend on the vendor for knowhow.

And there have been interesting fall outs – since virtualization cuts across the various silos in an organization, tussles break out on who will control it – and as a consequence someone will get mad!

And I thought I would never say this – plan for today – you need to build your systems for today – based on today's requirement for today's users. Users should avoid the trap of building it for future products!

At the end of the day virtualization is old hat, but like many ideas in IT, gets a new lease of life every few years. If it was around since 1960s why are we still fussing over it? Possibly, like most technology investments, we tend to under utilize it. And still not learn from the past.