Top 10 things you must read when making a business case for implementing VMware

By Eric Siebert (Profile)
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Wednesday, August 13th 2008
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If you haven't implemented VMware yet but are looking to do so then making a business case for it is usually a critical first step. Building a solid business case which covers justification, return on investment (ROI), impact analysis and implementation strategies is the key to gaining the approvals you will likely need at your company to proceed with implementing it. This top 10 list mainly consists of presentations from VMworld 2007 which had a whole track dedicated to business metrics and results to help customers build a solid case for investing in VMware technology. This list also contains some great white papers from VMware and Glasshouse that will also assist you with making your business case. Once you have reviewed all the material on this list you should have everything you need to make your own business case and justify a VMware implementation at your company.

  • 1

    Getting the Green Light for Your Virtual Infrastructure

    http://vmworld.com/vmworld/mylearn?classID=11415

    A VMworld 2007 presentation from VMware on the benefits of virtualization as well as the financial and commerical aspects. Covers virtualization strategies, communication methods and the development of business plans and cost models. Will also show you how to make the strongest case for virtual infrastructure so you can get the green light to begin your deployment.

  • 2

    Making Business Sense of Virtualization

    http://vmworld.com/vmworld/mylearn?classID=11417

    A VMworld 2007 presentation from Deloitte that covers the business benefits and impact of virtualization. Also covers business drivers and justifcation as well as several case studies.

  • 3

    Reducing Server Total Cost of Ownership with VMware Virtualization Software

    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/TCO.pdf

    A white paper from VMware that examines how VMware virtualization software reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) in server envi­ronments and provides almost immediate return on investment (ROI).

  • 4

    Accelerate your ESX Deployment - and Developing your Virtualization Strategy and Deployment Plan

    http://www.glasshouse.com/whitepapers/wp_esxdeployment.pdf  /  http://www.glasshouse.com/whitepapers/wp_vmware.pdf

    Two white papers from Glasshouse, the first both illustrates the benefits of moving quickly to build your VMware ESX-centric infrastructure, and suggests a framework that will help you to accelerate your deployments. The second one outlines the process that GlassHouse uses with their clients in developing a "virtualization strategy," and how they further assisted them in developing a plan to "get there."

  • 5

    Innovative Uses and Benefits of using VMware Virtualization

    http://www.vmworld.com/vmworld/mylearn?classID=11315

    A VMworld 2007 presentation from Adaptis that shares a real life success story on using VMware virtualization at Adaptis, including what theye did right and what they could have done better. Also provides solid, convincing ammunition for the ROI of virtualization and discusses how they have reduced implementation costs.

  • 6

    Breaking Down Barriers to VMware Technology Adoption

    http://www.vmworld.com/vmworld/mylearn?classID=11025

    A VMworld 2007 presentation from VMware that addresses the common barriers to VMware technology adoption, along with proven ways to manage them or avoid them. Looking closely at the common barriers that exist in an organization will help you balance deployment efforts and speed time-to-value.

  • 7

    Building the Virtualized Enterprise with VMware Infrastructure

    http://download.101com.com/techlibrary/vmware/vmware_building_virtualized_enterprise.pdf

    A white paper from VMware that clarifies how adopting VMware infrastructure - the combination of server, storage and networking virtualization technologies - as a fundamental IT strategy helps organizations to reduce infrastructure costs, respond faster to business needs and increase the consistency and predictability of operations.

  • 8

    Dispelling Virtualization Myths

    http://vmworld.com/vmworld/mylearn?classID=11632

    A VMworld 2007 presentation from VMware that addresses myths regarding virtualization so that you can make an educated decision, fully embrace the technology, and start reaping its benefits. The myths covered will include topics such as production use cases for virtualization in today's data centers, virtualization architectures, and key questions that organizations have about virtualization offerings from different vendors.

  • 9

    Reducing Data Center Energy Costs with Virtualization

    http://www.fusionstorm.com/pdf_files/ReducingDatacenterEnergyCosts_wp.pdf

    A white paper from VMware that discusses how virtualization technology can result in greatly reduced data center energy costs. Also covers how to calculate energy costs and potential savings by using virtualization in the data center.

  • 10

    Critical Success Factors of Virtual Infrastructure Adoption

    http://www.vmworld.com/vmworld/mylearn?classID=11313

    A VMworld 2007 presentation from VMware that provides critical success factors for the adoption of Virtual Infrastructure based on VMware Professional Services Organization experience, and identifies key factors required for technology adoption beyond the technical constraints.