June 27, 2008 - Matthijs Haverink

The Virtualization Administrator is dead !

Today I stumbled upon an article of Mark Gaydos on TripWire.org. In this article he describes a conversation he had with an Industry Analyst concerning the future of Virtualization Administration. What it basically comes down to is that in a couple of years Virtualization will be commodity and all aspects will be divided to separate departments/disciplines. The department networking will be concerned with the virtual networks, the department security will be concerned with all the virtual infrastructure security and so on.

This might sound far away but I also think this will be the future. The Virtualization Administrator/Expert of now needs to be experienced on all departments : SAN, Networking, Security, Virtualization Software and so on… At this moment Virtualization is still new and sexy but in a couple of years it’s commodity. So I agree on the vision that you’ll soon see that management of the virtual infrastructure will be divided among the existing IT (sub)departments.

I’d love to hear how you’re thinking about this development.

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  • Allan says:

    I can see how fast server virtualization went on our farm, so I think it’s not far off. We went from 90% physical to 90% virtual in just a couple of years. And in between went from rack mounted to blade and from blade to blade/virtual. We have had virtual apps on our TS servers in a couple of years and are already considering it on our desktops.VDI still needs some improvement on the graphics side but when the platform is in place it will go fast from there. But that is just my opinion.

  • Thank you for your reply Allen. Even though it’s my profession I’m still amazed by the pace that (server) virtualization is becoming commodity, reading your story confirms that.

    Concerning VDI : the graphics won’t be a problem anymore I think now that XenDesktop 4 with it’s HDX improvements is out, VMware View 4 looks impressive too. The biggest challenge now is to use VDI where it’s needed and not blindly implement it as “the logical next step” because not every desktop should be virtualized, TS is still alive, and think with a reason.

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