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While IT vendors tout their technologies, they need to focus more on teaching people how to effectively and seamlessly use their stuff with VMs. Vendors should create interactive communication with their users. It seems to me that the entire world--except for high-tech vendors--is into social networking and Web 2.0.
The journey toward a virtual data center is essential and (dare I say) may even be requisite, but it's fraught with obstacles and challenges. My intent isn't to scare anyone away from implementing VMs, but rather to encourage
| users to make well-reasoned decisions. Virtualization offers a ton of tactical value to the business and the data center. However, an impulsive, frenzied move toward virtualization can lead to confusion, misinformation and big mistakes. We must leverage knowledge to mitigate risk.
This was first published in December 2007