Vendors should be looking for ways to solve the problem without overprovisioning or requiring a particular brand of hardware. Vendors have a natural motivation to not solve this problem because that means you'll buy less of their stuff. But as Michael Dell recently said, "any time a new technology comes along that's good for customers, you get in the way of it at your own peril." It's not for no reason that the man's a billionaire.
Server virtualization is such a brilliant invention. In the early days, the naysayers were many, and traditional server hardware and OS vendors were resistant because it threatened their proprietary franchises. IT pros, on the other hand, didn't care so much about vendor hegemony and instinctively knew virtualization was a better way to build server infrastructure. As technology barriers are knocked down, we reduce the cases where physical servers make more sense than virtual. The next big barriers that should be smashed are in the storage realm.
Thanks again to Mark Davis, CEO of Virsto Software, for speaking with me.
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