Virtualizing the Last Mile
The last mile of virtualization has multiple dimensions, based on where you are going with virtualization. When you ask about the last mile of virtualization—about what it will take to get to 100% virtualized either within your data center or within a cloud (hybrid, public, or private)—the “it depends” answer is the one you will get most often. So, what will it take to get to 100% virtualized?
That depends entirely on what your users and business require. It is possible to be 100% virtualized if you have the time and money to do so. In most cases, this last mile may cost a bit extra up front but will benefit you in the long run. If I can move all your systems to a standard platform that you readily support, that is a huge win.
Virtualizing the last mile must encompass several things:
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.