Successfully Virtualizing Business-Critical Applications
The virtualization of business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Oracle SQL Server and SAP offers substantial benefits to any organization that can successfully manage its associated complexity. Virtualization can eliminate the capacity waste and costs of remaining over-provisioned applications silos, while greatly increasing the efficiency of IT processes-from operations management and disaster recovery to development, deployment and upgrades of applications. However, to realize these benefits IT organizations need to master the intricacies of virtualizing business-critical applications. This whitepaper explores the challenges and best practices of virtualizing business-critical applications. It examines key issues and identifies major practical barriers that organizations face in this task, concluding with
advice for implementing an effective solution.