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Stephen IbarakiIndustry AnalystFCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, DFNPA, CNP, FGITCA, MVP
If you haven’t been thinking about 64 bit computing and virtualization and how it will fit into your environment then now is the time to do it. I know from my experiences that there are so many 32 bit servers on the datacenter floors and with industry reports showing server utilization rates as low as 5% to 15%, the practice of server virtualization and consolidation has to be a core part of any organizations infrastructure strategy. I’m not sure of the exact number but by next fall we should see almost all servers being multi-core and 64 bit capable. My team has been using 64 bit systems and virtualization together for just over a year. We’ve been testing the product and the feedback from all my advisors is that its time to reduce the data centers footprint and take advantage of current technology. Whether, it’s server consolidation, legacy application migration, disaster recovery, and software test and development there is an opportunity for software solutions that can exploit the untapped processor power. The opportunity to use virtualization today to support an array of operating systems and applications on a single piece of hardware is tremendous.
We just made some technology announcement at IT forum, a technology event in Barcelona that highlight as a company we are making big bets on 64-bit technology and I've include below several product announcements which Bob Muglia made during his keynote address that I thought would be of interest to all of you.