Mehta from Sysware is upbeat about the company's plans for virtualization, mostly owing the changed mindset of the customer. "We are going to deploy virtualization solutions in the next 12 months and have already identified some resources in our office and will invest in associated tools."
Similarly, the need for virtualized environments for a better consolidated infrastructure is something Dahiya from Info Axon is vouching for. "Virtualization holds the promise of consolidation and reducing cost for enterprises by bringing in efficiency. It will help us get new clients in terms of bigger enterprises as a long-term strategic investment."
Making the most of it
But while these partners seem upbeat about such virtualized deployments' in the coming year, SIs like Alliance Prosys, one of the largest players of virtualization in India, has already reaped the benefits. "We have done a virtualization implementation for a client they were looking for an entire infrastructure consolidation. We sized an entire storage solution along with the consolidation of their networks and ERP licenses and had put it on a virtualization mode in a datacentre. We built a complete datacentre solution for the client and gave them the entire virtualization piece scalable for the next 10 years," says Putta.
Successful implementations like these surely send a positive signal to the SI community for many such implementations in 2013 but with a cautionary note. Many factors prohibit the widespread implementation of virtualization. Firstly, the partner needs to educate the customer about the impact of virtualized infrastructure. Until and unless the customer comprehends the functioning, virtualization will not see full fledged deployments. Putta sums it up by saying, "Consolidation will happen soon and it will be a huge market for SIs, but only if the partners are ready to educate the customer on how to add value to the project."
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