While there’s a certain warm fuzzy to the “consumerization of IT,” it’s a fact that industrial-strength infrastructure can’t be had on the cheap, assembled, Lego-like, from a grabbag of components snagged from the local RadioShack. Yet that’s precisely the State of Virtualization 2013.
This breed of virtualization has rapidly fed a cottage industry, doing a disservice to organizations that deserve a real alternative to pricey, often ungainly, enterprise solutions. Yet there is a middle ground. Businesses need to look for the highest functioning environment that fits their budget. Anything else will cost more – perhaps much more – in the long run.