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AITP Research: 'Virtualization and Its Benefits'

Monday, December 15, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christine Leja
Chicago, IL - With virtualization being adopted at a rapid rate for financial, technical and "green" benefits, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) has published and released for public use a white paper on "Virtualization and Its Benefits", it was announced today by AITP Region Five Past President Christine Leja.

"This research paper comes during a dynamic period of adoption of virtualization of servers in data centers," said Ms. Leja, who served as AITP Research and Strategy Advisory Group (RASAG) chairman for this project. "Given economic conditions, IT leaders need to proactively monitor and adopt virtualization to gain the reduction in financial costs, the improved business continuity, and the greening of IT through reduction in power consumption."

The research findings and recommendations are posted on the AITP web site at and permission has been granted for personal and non-commercial use by any and all interested parties. AITP asks that if any information is used from the white paper that AITP receive credit by pointing the reader to

The AITP RASAG mission is to research trends and directions in the Information Technology (IT) industry; state the findings and conclusions drawn from the research; recommend AITP strategy positions; and re-evaluate existing AITP strategy positions based on new findings.

Key AITP research findings and recommendations for "Virtualization and Its Benefits" include:
  • For data centers, virtualization of servers has TCO, ROI and "Green" benefits;
  • Business continuity improvements;
  • VMware is the current industry leader;
  • Microsoft's aggressive introduction of products is competition for VMware;
  • Less mature virtualization services, virtualization to the desktop and virtualization of storage, continue to evolve;
  • Vendors are promoting the "one stop virtualization shop" approach;
  • Security and manageability of virtual instances require close monitoring;
  • Proactively manage the virtualization environment to maintain control of virtual instances.
AITP leaders and IT executives (from academia and industry, government and legal sectors) who contributed to this research include:
  • Christine Leja, CCP, CIO at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL
  • Richard C. Barnier, Partner/Chairman, Barnier Group, LLC, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Charles L. Brown, CCP, Manager of Integrated Justice Applications for the San Diego (CA) County Sheriff's Department
  • Paul F. Ditmann, Director, Pathfinder Associates, LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Paul Koziel, AITP Chicago Chapter Co-chair of the Infrastructure SIG
  • Mark Welle, past VP of Information Technology, Macy's, St. Louis, MO
  • J. T. Westermeier, JD, CCP, Partner, DLA Piper US, LLP, Reston, VA
A full copy of the RSAG Report can be found here.

EDITORS NOTE: You are invited to contact AITP Region Five Past President Christine Leja for a personal interview; and you are hereby granted permission to publish any/all of the "Virtualization and Its Benefits" research report (at at your discretion. Editors who plan to use any/all of the report are respectfully asked to e-mail those intended-use plans to us at the web site address so we can alert our membership to its publication.

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