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Trends in IT: Which Direction is Virtualisation Heading?

As cloud computing redefines IT as an enabler of enterprise, virtualisation is becoming the engine room for business innovation and growth. It is the capability of a cutting-edge virtual hardware stack that is helping businesses to differentiate in new and exciting ways.

Here we discuss two major trends that will see the future of IT deployment evolve even further in the cloud, driven with great flexibility by resilient and secure virtualisation platforms.

It is here that there is an increasing shift to adopt virtualisation technologies that maximise performance from an IT stack through multi-tasking and auto-scheduling of processor intensive tasks such as e-mail exchange

Trend 1: Multi-Core Processing Power

As end users demand greater awareness and transparency from IT, its capacity to process big data will hold the key to next-generation customer awareness and market analytics. Multi-core high performance GPU computing will elevate the potential of dynamic online business processes, helping people to act more quickly and intuitively, bringing products to market with speed and agility whilst integrating mobile devices and apps with seamless efficiency.

In a recent study by VMWare, it was found that organisations running virtual machines have increased by 73% over the past two years. It is here that there is an increasing shift to adopt virtualisation technologies that maximise performance from an IT stack through multi-tasking and auto-scheduling of processor intensive tasks such as e-mail exchange, collaboration services and database management.

As data volume, velocity and variety builds pressure on every aspect of business, the efficient storage and filtration of data into meaningful information becomes critical. Virtualisation offers the only real solution on which to house a robust data centre at scale, whilst load balancing servers and creating a performance optimised IT infrastructure. Deploying virtual machines as opposed to physical servers run and managed as an internal entity will maximise the potential of IT as a growing concern.

In the future it will be important to utilise the massive power of CPU and GPU technologies through a virtual environment that can expand the reach and processing capabilities of an organisations website, ecommerce platform, communications network and everything in between.

Virtualisation will continue to transform IT services by enabling single and multi-core processors to balance workloads. Effectively harnessing IT will help deploy collaborative assets across hybrid, private or public cloud environments. Using virtual machines and third party hosting, as opposed to internal IT stacks that hog resources, will bring huge financial savings without spiralling hardware and energy costs.

Trend 2: The Era of Ultra-Mobility

Mobile devices are fundamentally changing the way businesses interact with customers, collaborate with partners and integrate business functions to improve the performance of staff. In the future, mobile devices are set to become indispensable as usability and network resilience improve further, connecting every internal and external stakeholder.

Without the restrictions of being at a desk or physical location, remote workflow management can be streamlined with supreme efficiency. Using smartphones, tablets and next-generation mobile devices will marginalise the desktop PC, laptop and physical server room even further. The advancement of mobile technologies already provides anywhere, any-time portability of operations, services and products. It is my belief that the massive growth of cloud computing, spawned from a mobile technology base, will result in even greater levels of mobile technology uptake.

Through the cloud we have seen a revolution in virtualisation. In the future it will further empower elastic IT that drives the next generation of remote hosting, managed and maintained by technical experts, measured and monitored as a tactical resource.

Virtualisation is set to become the central part of every organisations IT strategy. With unlimited capacity, customisation and processing power, virtual machines will facilitate next-generation multimedia, connectivity, CRM and BI in the cloud. It will do so by creating the highest levels of usability, speed and agility, whilst handling the considerable challenges of big data, latency and cyber-crime.

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