Thursday, August 22, 2013

6 Key Reasons You Should Consider Virtualization

Depending on your organization, you may be sprinting along or just learning how to walk when it comes to virtualization. If you are just learning how to walk, some of what has been slowing you down may be the perception of the expense or complexity often associated with virtualization. But in reality, virtualization has gotten a bit of a bad rap. The actual cost and difficult of introducing virtualization into your infrastructure can be greatly reduced with the right hardware vendor and mix of technologies. And in the long run, you will reap the benefits of cost savings, time and management savings, and increase the lifecycle of your hardware.

Due to its many benefits, virtualization is fast-becoming a necessity versus a nice-to-have.  So if you are considering taking your organization’s virtualization up from a crawl to a walk (or even a healthy jog!) here are some tips to help get you on your way:
  • Make sure your physical hardware can handle the strain of your virtual capacity
  • If you are planning a large virtualization deployment, make sure to invest in SAN storage 
  • You don’t have to virtualize everything – make sure the right applications and servers get virtualized
  • Consider the security implications of virtualization and enhance your network security
  • If you want to deploy numerous VMs, save time by creating VM templates
  • Be sure to monitor virtual traffic as diligently as you monitor physical traffic 

Last but not lease, remember that the best rule of thumb for any new initiative is to do your homework and remember to plan, plan, PLAN!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dell: Going Private or Staying Public?

For those of you who have been closely following the "Dell going private" story, this past week has certainly been an interesting one. Let’s just take a moment to recap on exactly what has been going on at Dell lately.

Earlier this week, Dell board members agreed to a higher offer from founder and CEO Michael Dell and his partner Silver Lake. The offer also included a special dividend for shareholders, including a one-time shareholder payout of $0.13 per share, compared to Michael Dell’s previous offer to buy the company at $13.75 per share.

In response to Michael Dell’s recent bid increase, investor Carl Icahn, Michael Dell’s primary opponent, has also upped the stakes on his side of the fence. Icahn, already an 8.7% owner of the well-known technology company, purchased 4 million additional Dell shares last week Thursday.

So at the moment, Michael Dell and Carl Icahn (and the rest of us as the eager audience) must play the waiting game. The official vote by the Dell board of directors on whether the company will go private or stay public is not scheduled to be held until September 12th.