IBM today said it would introduce a program to validate the resiliency of any company delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment. As a result, customers can quickly and easily identify trustworthy providers that have passed a rigorous evaluation, enabling them to more quickly and confidently reap the business benefits of cloud services.
Insightful post by Arthur Cole over at ITBusinessEdge about server consolidation and virtualization. Cole argues that server consolidation done the right way remains the primary driver for most data centers.
But as those who have already taken the virtual plunge have no doubt realized, consolidating servers is not just a simple matter of powering up the virtualization layer and then pulling equipment out of racks. There is a long list of factors to consider with any centralization project and a wide range of land mines that need to be avoided to prevent service failures.
Cole refers to four interesting articles about server consolidation:
- Server Virtualization and Consolidation Require More Resiliency (Bill Hammond, ITJungle)
- Virtual Management, Virtual Mess (Kurt Westerfield, CTO ManagedObjects)
- Thoughts on Server Consolidation Methodologies (IT consultant Brad Harris)
- Opinion: 6 keys to virtualization project success (Jim Damoulakis, Computerworld)
Read the whole article here.