A virtual future

We’ve known for some time that virtualization is going to impact the server room in terms of footprint, power consumption and overall environmental impact.  But the current economic recession is accelerating this trend at a faster pace than anticipated. A recent survey by research firm TheInfoPro found that more than half of servers installed in 2009 will be virtualized, and this number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2012.

What does this mean for the enterprise?  It opens a wide array of possibilities, not only in terms of data center efficiency and reduced costs, but also in terms of “thin client” virtual PC desktops and the business applications that we run today.   NEC customers have the added benefit of exploring server virtualization and pure software-based communications today as they explore ways to streamline their IT spend and build a technology future friendly to both their employees and the environment around us.