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  • Technology Potential Assessment - virtualization
    Sarah Schleigh
    Presentation and Paper can be viewed here:
  • Virtualization
    Virtualization refers to technologies designed to provide a layer of abstraction between computer hardware systems and the software running on those systems.
    There are three main kinds of virtualization:
    Storage: adds a new layer of software and/or hardware between storage systems and servers, so that applications no longer need to know on which specific drives, partitions, or storage subsystems their data resides.
    Network: involves combining the available resources in a network by splitting up the available bandwidth into independent channels, each of which can be assigned (or re-assigned) to a particular server or device in real-time.
    Server: hides the physical nature of server resources, including the number and identity of individual servers, processors and operating systems, from the software running on them.
  • Leading Vendors
    Open Source:
    Red Hat
  • Virtualization – development and history
    IBM created the first virtual machine (CP-40) – development began in 1964 and was completed in 1967
    1999 – VMware went public with first major virtualization software and quickly became the leading supplier of virtualization products
    As of August 2009, approximately 85% of installed virtual machines in enterprises are VMware-based.
  • Costs
    Varies depending on number of applications or servers to be “virtualized”
    VMware provides a unique cost-per-application calculator on their website, which includes a price comparison to Microsoft and Citrix products http://www.vmware.com/technology/whyvmware/calculator/index.php
    Using standard parameters, I calculated the cost to be about $9,542 per application – this does not include future maintenance and support costs
    The key seller on virtualization technology is that it produces significant cost savings – including up to 80% reduction in energy costs on a go-forward basis
  • Virtualization & the retail apparel industry
    Virtualization technology can benefit any company provided they manage a high volume of data and have high network traffic – the retail apparel industry could benefit just as the banking, IT and medical industries have
    Many large retailers already use virtualization technology – but smaller and less IT savvy firms do not
    The retail apparel industry would be followers in this area of technology and would use it to increase operational efficiency – it would not have direct impact on their strategic goals
  • Burlington Coat Factory
    Over 450 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico
    Known as a low-cost retailer
    Very little web presence – they do have a website but only allow you to buy a handful of products that they sell
    Operate two data centers – one was new in 2004
    Since the completion of the new data center, Burlington has been interested in the area of virtualization and may already have made some progress towards adopting the technology
  • Recommendation
    I believe that Burlington Coat Factory should continue to look into virtualization technology and expand on their application of it
    Being the large company that they are, top vendors like VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and Oracle would be willing to give them presentations of the possible applications
    Benefits to Burlington would be: reduced energy costs, reduced number of servers needed, disaster recovery/business continuity benefits, faster network speeds, and less downtime