luckyinfil wrote:That's a very narrow point of view, and I don't think it's necessarily accurate. While virtualization gives you significant advantages, there are always situations where a physical is still required. For example, servers which utilize high CPU/memory/network/whatever resources which have been proven to be not good candidates of virtualization and consolidation will always remain physical no matter the advancement in virtualization technology.
If you have the means to do it already and there is a demand from the customers, why not simply implement it and charge for it? Regardless of your beliefs, it will not take you much resources to integrate a technology you have working into your B&R product. It just seems like such a no brainer to me - the customer is literally telling you to "shut up and take my money".
luckyinfil wrote:OH, and just to add, VDI is pretty common out there nowadays and will probably be the norm in the future.
Gostev wrote:PHBG wrote:What about VMs with phsycial RDM or SCSI Bus Sharing configuration?
These are legacy configurations from the past century that should not exist in modern data center going into 2015. Moreover, current hypervisors provide you with the ability to avoid the need for using such configurations. Remember that until your VM storage is virtualized, you are only half way on your virtualization journey anyway, as lack of storage virtualization breaks good half of all benefits virtualization brings.
luckyinfil wrote:I understand that you want to utilize the limited resources you have in the most efficient way possible, which is why I don't understand why there is a refusal to touch the physical servers. In this situation, you already have the product and technology to backup the physical servers, all that remains is to consolidate it into your existing product so that it can be centrally managed. Now, I'm not going to pretend that I'm an expert in the area of software development, but this doesn't sound like a huge task that requires many resources to me. On the other hand, the benefit of implementing such a change would fullfill a huge customer demand which many are willing (or already) paying for (physical backups).
Furthermore, I didn't say that virtualization would fail completely, in fact, I think that it will be the way of the future. What I do think is that there will always be a need for physical server (for machines that aren't good candidates for consolidation which is a huge advantage of virtualization) which would imply that there will always be a need for physical backups. Why not capture this market as well with minimal effort? Like I mentioned earlier, the technology is already here, it just has to be polished up and sold.
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