Reduce IT Costs With Virtualization

Earlier this month, the National Bureau of Economic Research made it official: The U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007. As a result, companies are tightening their belts wherever they can. One area IT can look to for reducing expenses is virtualization, and IT professionals would do well to get educated in this growing area.

“When cost is the enemy, server virtualization is one technology that allows [IT departments] to serve their organizations more flexibly while reducing costs,” said Ed Walsh, president and CEO of software company Virtual Iron, in a recent news release. Walsh identified a number of benefits to virtualization, including streamlined infrastructure, reduced costs and increased business continuity.

For these reasons, it is becoming increasingly important for IT professionals to bring up their expertise in the area.

“We need to make sure IT staff have the skills that they need in order to support their organizations and the infrastructure and the [virtualization] products,” said Julieann Scalisi, managing director of Citrix Education.

The company recently announced a new training strategy for its education and certification program. “Given our current product offerings and the demand for virtualization products and the [related] skills, now was just the perfect time for us to expand into the virtualization market and have certification programs that were tied to meeting those needs,” Scalisi said.

The certification program has three tracks: administrator, engineering and architect — all with base- and advanced-level credentials. While the baseline Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) credential already…

Meagan Polakowski


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