Introduced in the early 2000s, virtualization technology for x86 servers was initially used for software development and testing. By the end of 2005 virtualization was finding its way into production environments. Today, VMware, the leader in virtualization, categorizes this technology adoption as a three stage journey defined by an organization’s business goals and deployment strategies: IT production, business production, and IT as a Service (ITaaS). Each of these stages is further characterized by a primary business focus.
This paper outlines VMware’s Value Journey and explains how to assure superior quality of service for Tier 1 applications a key element of stage 2 virtualization.