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May 2011, Vol. 1 No. 2

Applications interfere with cloud computing adoption

As we make the cognitive leap from old ways of doing IT to new ones, a consistent theme in private cloud has emerged: it's all about the applications. IT professionals are figuring out that, while data center consolidation and virtualization can be rewarding and even necessary elements of improving IT operations, application delivery remains the primary focus. It's sometimes worked around with great success, but often it’s the elephant in the room. Virtualization is a great foundation for cloud, but it’s absolutely not a panacea. Christian Reilly, IT professional As part of the transition to cloud computing, companies are moving to a binary model where some IT needs are served by cloud platforms and others simply aren’t. Most client server apps can be virtualized to some degree, but others, like massive databases running financial systems, were designed before virtualization was mature. Due to performance issues, these cannot be virtualized. "We have virtualized everywhere it is appropriate," said Dmitri Ilkaev, VP of enterprise...

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