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Acquisition ease boosts virtualization's appeal

Jul. 15, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ADAM STONE   |   Comments
Virtualization could make buying and implementing complex technology much easier in situations where IT department employees are not on hand for fast help.
Virtualization could make buying and implementing complex technology much easier in situations where IT department employees are not on hand for fast help. (USDA)

Virtualization brings with it many advantages, and some challenges. One of the key advantages that is often overlooked is ease of acquisition.

Virtualization can be of special use in the military. The small form factor of a single appliance that provides functions that once required several components networked together is appealing.

“These are soldiers, they are not always 20- or 30-year IT veterans,” said Chris Howard, vice president of federal and FSIs at Nutanix. “The complexity of the traditional infrastructure is often unsustainable in the field—there is not the necessary expert—and so you have to eliminate the complexity of what they are managing.”

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Because the converged infrastructure is a single unit, procurement is usually easier as well. Alan Marrett, sever/network team lead with SAIC Contractor Support, PEO Aviation, recalled once trying to implement a storage area network when the interdependent components were arriving months apart. “Because of how the procurement works, we couldn’t do anything,” he said.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will head the lineup at a conference coming soon where virtualization and procurement will be key topics. The Federal Innovation Summit takes place July 22. Click here for details.

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