One of the biggest challenges — and opportunities — IT professionals face today is growing IT complexity driven by globalization, increased teleworking, remote offices and new Internet and mobile technologies. Employees around the globe are working from home, branch offices and airports. In fact, 30 million U.S. office workers are expected to move to virtual desktops during the next five years.
These IT complexities, combined with the changing economic climate and renewed focus on the bottom line, are causing changes within the field of information technology as organizations strive to simplify, reduce costs and address data security challenges.
Today, virtualization is addressing these challenges for organizations worldwide. In many cases, it is the right technology solution at the right time, delivering better performance, security and cost savings — in areas such as facilities, hardware, software, energy and personnel. It preserves precious physical space and makes operations easier and more manageable.
With the shift to virtualization technologies, more responsibility is transferred to IT administrators. As with any new or fast-evolving technology, there is ample confusion about what virtualization means; how to best implement it in specific situations; how to extend it across the enterprise to include desktops, applications and servers; and the nuances of all the available technologies.
The red-hot virtualization trend also raises questions among IT professionals, who wonder how it might affect their jobs and careers. Ultimately, it’s causing many to look for ways to enhance their skills in an uncertain economic climate and fast-paced, ever-evolving…
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