Now we all know one of the key benefits of virtualisation is the consolidation of hardware, or, put another way, increasing the utilisation of your hardware.  Lets be honest, hardware isn't cheap right?  Sure, you get more bang for your buck than you did 10 years go (where for £850 I bought a P120, 840k hard disk, 16mb RAM - you know the story!) but it is still pretty expensive, especially if you are trying to future proof your business for at least a few years to come.

Anyway, it's not just me who has picked up on this benefit of virtualisation - those chaps at Gartner have also popped out an article, the details of which can be found over on eWeek.

"While notebooks continue to grow in popularity compared with desktop computers (and will represent half the computers bought by businesses in developed countries by 2009), the big game-changer coming is virtualization"

But why is virtualisation the 'big-game changer'??

Well, they believe that due to virtualisation prices dropping fast, in terms of both software and licenses, companies will embrace this technology and "cut hardware acquisition costs, ease management and build out a full-scale virtualized enterprise. The current leader in virtualization, VMware, could see its market share significantly eroded if it isn't able to keep up the virtualization management software pace that will be set by competitors Microsoft and XenSource.

Have you just purchased new hardware?  Have you got older hardware that is just performing one, or maybe two jobs?  Have you thought about virtualisation, and in particular, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1?  Do you know what is coming in the future...both in the actual virtualisation space, but also in the management of a virtual infrastructure?

If you want to learn more about Virtualisation, from a Microsoft perspective, we are running a number of events over the coming months, details of which you can find here.  Make sure you come along!