More good stuff from The VAR Guy today, this time on the likelihood that virtualization is starting to harm server sales:Each time The VAR Guy speaks with a CIO or solutions provider, he hears about yet another server consolidation project. Through virtualization and more effective storage management, companies can simplify their data centers while raising server utilization rates....The VAR Guy doesn't think the economy is destroying server sales. Rather, businesses are becoming far more efficient at leveraging the servers they already have.
This is difficult for an established server vendor to accept, but I suspect it's an opportunity for any new entrant to the market. On the Linux side, this includes both Novell and Ubuntu. Yes, Novell has been around for a long time, but its server sales are still nascent. As for Ubuntu, its primary task is to take a stick to the incumbents. Incorporating virtualization into its business model may help.… Read more