Integrated Systems and Virtualization for Midsize Businesses (Tweet Chat Recap)
On August 20th from 2pm – 3pm ET the @IBMPureSystems handle hosted a Twitter Chat around the question of “Integrated Systems & Virtualization for Midsize Businesses”. Listed below are our expert panelist answers, as well as top answers from others in the community. After each question, there is a synopsis of the answers and further analysis. Comments have been sprinkled throughout the post to guide the reader and help establish a flow to what is a free-flowing twitter conversation.
The five questions asked during the Tweet Chat were as follows and my answers (I didn’t attend the Tweet Chat):
Q1: What ROI benefits does @IBMPureSystems deliver beyond more computing power?
Q2: Aren’t expert integrated systems too complex for midsize businesses to implement?
Q3: What common concerns do midsize businesses have when considering virtualization?
Q4: How can virtualization help with the cost and complexity of infrastructure management?
Q5: What are some essential requirements for simplifying a data center at a midsize biz?
A1: Efficiency improvements in deployment and management–two huge pain points for the #SMB market. The return on those two areas alone is worth the cost of the initial investment.
A2: Not at all too complex. It sounds complex but IBM makes it easy to implement and offers assistance where required. The increased efficiency negates any perceived complexity.
A3: I would say cost. Business owners and execs see dollars flying out the window with any technology shift. What they must understand is that there is an investment in any technology but it’s the return on that investment that really matters. Don’t look for the short term return. The real return on virtualization is realized longer term through fewer technology refreshes, lower staffing requirements and more efficient operations.
A4: I think I partly answered this one in Q3. However, virtualization brings all of the complexities of a standard network into a single location and makes them simpler. It also increases efficiency, and lowering costs, by leveraging skills. For example, System Administrators can now fully provision and deploy systems without help from a Network group, Storage group or Facilities staff.
A5: Consolidation would be number one. Consolidation decreases the number of physical systems to worry about, maintain and refresh. The second would be virtualization. Virtualization simplifies the server environment as discussed previously.
A6: It’s built with elasticity and workload optimization as part of its feature set, which is part of the definition of cloud solutions. Cloud solutions are elastic in nature and are workload optimized. This means that you can quickly deploy and undeploy computing resources as needed and you’ll know that you won’t have performance bottlenecks regardless of workload type or magnitude.
This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.