Hypervisor diversity - Do now or pay later

With written contribution from Mike Zuber (AMS Cloud Lead)

 

Colored-pencils-pencils-22186558-1600-1200.jpgThe software industry, by its very nature, is one that is always self-generating—with more companies failing than those that succeed.  That said, every once in a while a software company creates a unique software product that catches the industry on fire. The company catches a wave and is able to grow exponentially in the shortest amount of time. But at some point it happens— a tipping point is reached and growth slows.

 

For these companies, most of them are usually limited in their economics of scale, and may lack sustainable cash flows to weather the long haul, and could also be missing a strong R&D program for the next round of meaningful innovation. Companies that need to deal with these limitations, all while facing the pressure to meet market  expectations for growth in future quarters. These pressures mean only one thing: customers in the installed base will now pay more for the company to survive—and they will  pay in several ways. 

 

First, customers will pay with reduced functionality because future software roadmaps and expenses are easiest to cut.  Customers will then pay for rising process/support costs to business—remember customers are already “locked in”. The final nail in the coffin of these companies comes when they audit customers via compliance for revenue.  This is a move that signals the end of the growth phase for the company. With your IT reputation and career on the hook, what is your back-up plan for business continuity?

 

Real options needed for the application and infrastructure service provider…

Companies need to be ready so they are not caught flat-footed like they were during the Operating System or Database technologies of yester-year. Many business and government organizations are now using open source software. It has become increasingly clear that open source holds many compelling advantages for the business.

 

Open source is growing in popularity because of its low price structure, but it is also because of security and quality. This is fueled by a community of countless developers and users constantly customizing/innovating new features and security enhancements. The flexibility of open source software allows developers to deliver what users want. After all, users have a hand in making it.

 

With open source software, developers are much better at adhering to open standards than proprietary software; this is where Kernel-based Virtual Machines (KVM), a well-known hypervisor for Linux, makes it the natural choice for supporting open source software. KVM offers a lightweight, high performance and low cost standalone hypervisor that runs on bare metal, using hardware virtualization support for x86 processors.

 

So if you value interoperability with an open source hypervisor for mixed environments, and do not want to be limited by proprietary standards, then KVM is a viable option. In fact, every customer that has a current relationship with a Hypervisor company should immediately enlist a development team to evaluate KVM for use in Dev/Test. You should act now.

 

Pragmatic approach to nurturing multi-hypervisor, multi-vendor environments…

Enlisting an experienced development team now is vital because it keeps the technology contained whilst your IT teams build confidence. Chalk up the time and experience required with a solution like KVM, to first ensure that it meets your operation’s unique needs. As you gain experiences with KVM, you can go forward to validate the use of KVM in Dev/test scenarios.

 

With KVM as an option, you can now free up licenses previously consumed and repurpose them for production or perhaps even cancel them at the next maintenance window. This is particularly pertinent, when considering that the time is coming for Hypervisor creators to gauge their install base with price increases and pricing changes with the promise of openness and the dreaded software audit.

 

The time will come when every client will either be thankful they started using KVM or they will wish they had as they cut another seven- figure check for a compliance audit around Hypervisor use. As a leader, you owe it to your company to be ready with a backup plan because the day is coming and it could be sooner than we all expect. Part of this backup plan is also in knowing how HP Cloud Management will be instrumental in helping manage your multi-hypervisor and multi-vendor environments.

 

Learn more about HP Cloud Management…

HP Cloud Management is a single toolset that provides an open, extensible chassis that accommodates heterogeneity and modular growth. HP Cloud Management removes management complexity and simplifies day-day operations. It increases agility in response to changing business needs, whilst enhancing business value. It adds to operations management functionalities - including performance management and cloud security. Read more on how with HP Cloud Management, this unlocks your potential to be a broker of enterprise-grade cloud services for the hybrid cloud.

 

 

 

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