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Gartner’s views on virtualisation

The future of the IT department came into focus again this month with analyst house Gartner revealing how it sees the shape of things to come. We’ve been monitoring the debate on virtualisation closely here at Lumison and the analysts findings make interesting reading.

At present, only a quarter of all servers are virtualised, but, according to Gartner, the trend towards adoption will increase at pace: “Virtualisation will continue as the highest-impact issue challenging infrastructure and operations through 2015, changing how you manage, how and what you buy, how you deploy, how you plan and how you charge”.

However, a stumbling block for companies embracing virtualisation is the licensing that come attached with software. The analysts argue IT departments need to factor in an increase in time spent, in order to really get to grips with the implications of changes in software licensing and changes in costs that come with virtualisation.

So, what does this mean for SMEs? It demonstrates once again that the road to the promised land of a virtualised office is a tricky one. At Lumison we’ve always been guarded about the benefits of the public cloud – too often the savings gained are offset by the number of consultants and support specialists who will then charge a management fee for providing similar support services that have come as standard from any self-respecting managed hosting provider.

Lumison’s private cloud solution is about removing the above barriers that Gartner have identified. We recognise that SMEs want an infrastructure in place without these headaches. It’s our job to reconcile these issues on your behalf, so that you can focus on running your business.

If you’re looking for an outsourcing solution that meets your needs and peace of mind, see the merits of the private cloud, or contact us directly for a chat about your needs.

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