Is Your Organization Ready to Support a Multi-Hypervisor Strategy?

VMware® may still dominate the hypervisor market, but one thing is certain: IT leaders are getting serious about adopting alternatives. According to research by Torsten Volk of EMA, 82% of organizations plan to adopt more than one hypervisor.

In response to this growing trend, Cirba has announced support for Microsoft® Hyper-V® in Cirba Version 8 which shipped today. The support extends through the product from our transformation analytics for planning migrations to the new Reservation Console and our award-winning Control Console, which enables organizations to maximize efficiency and minimize risk in virtual and cloud infrastructure. This new capability is a key addition to Cirba’s already unmatched platform support, which includes VMware® ESX®, IBM® PowerVM®, and Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization.

Concerns about vendor lock-in and hypervisor costs are driving the multi-hypervisor trend, but are organizations really ready to adopt multiple hypervisors? One critical hurdle in taking advantage of the flexibility and choice is determining which workloads should be hosted on or routed to each platform. Each hypervisor has its own strengths and those attributes determine how organizations want to leverage them. In large environments, the match making can be a huge challenge and necessitates a change in how workload placement decisions are made.

All the organizations we have talked to are relying on spreadsheets to determine which environments and clusters new workloads should be placed in. This is the case even within single hypervisor environments. This not only impedes agility and responsiveness, but most importantly it increases the risk of bad placement decisions – which often leads to compliance issues, performance problems, and inflated hardware and software licensing costs – all ills that virtualization and cloud are supposed to remove.

Our customers were clear when we spoke with them – they needed a way to make smarter placement decisions and automate the process. So we answered the call. Leveraging the same market leading analytics our customers use to transform and control infrastructure, we built a Reservation Console that automates the entire process of selecting the optimal hosting environment for new workloads and reserving compute and storage capacity. The Reservation Console combined with Cirba’s cross-platform support enables Cirba customers to automate “fit for purpose” placements for new workloads across multi-hypervisor, multi-SLA, multi-site virtual and cloud environments.

And in the words of our CTO and co-founder, Andrew Hillier: “The shift toward cloud is placing less emphasis on the specific hypervisor technology, and more on the capabilities it provides. Having a scientific way to make hosting decisions across all hypervisors and hosting platforms really opens up the playing field, and allows organizations to focus on the bigger picture of enterprise-level supply and demand.”

So we throw the question back to you. What is your company’s hyper-visor strategy? And how are you planning to leverage those technologies?

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