Virtualisation makes cloud computing work, HP claims

Virtualisation of desktops and storage is set to become increasingly widespread as businesses move towards cloud computing, according to HP.

HP believes that as office environments continue to modernise and demand instant accessibility to information in the workplace the role of virtualisation is set to become increasingly vital.

While the idea of virtualisation itself is nothing new, according to David Chalmers, CTO of Enterprise Storage and Servers at HP, its role within the IT infrastructure of businesses and government departments is set to become more visible as the cloud becomes increasingly used in the workplace, allowing savings through the efficiency of virtualisation, particularly with regards to storage.

“Virtualisation allows central IT to be more flexible to meet the demands of users, so when there is a requirement for more processing power it can be allocated as is necessary, and of course less can be allocated to the same user when it is not required,” Chalmers told Techeye.

“It is this intelligent allocation of capacity when required that is offered by virtualisation that can give massive benefits to companies.”

“You have in many cases customers who have bought a number of servers and are now only using perhaps 10 percent of capacity, so virtualisation offers a much more efficient way of providing this capacity.”

“Like hot-desking in an office, while you might potentially have more employees the desks it is unlikely to happen that everyone will be there at precisely the same time.”

It is part of HPs notion of an Instant-On Enterprise that the use of virtualisation is expected become more widely used as the firm aims to help businesses move towards a hybrid mode of cloud computing, which incorporates aspects of cloud usage where necessary for business needs.

Chalmers believes that these first steps towards cloud computing in the office, of which virtualisation is just one area, is set to continue to become more widespread.

“If ‘green’ was the buzz word in 2009, and ‘cloud’ in 2010, then I believe that in 2011 it will be ‘hybrid’.”

And it is virtualisation of storage of storage via the cloud that Chalmers believes will be an area in which the cloud offers immediate possibilities.

“Storage is where organisations are feeling the most pain, and demand for storage has been and will continue to grow at a tremendous rate.”