17 VIRTUALISATION, SHARABLE RESOURCES AND ELASTICITY

I like to think of it as this new field. Instead of computer science, it’s going to be virtual science.

Brendan Iribe (co-founder of Oculus) in an interview with The Washington Post, 11 September 2014

Many organisations are surprised to find how much resource wastage there is in their existing IT platforms. The promise of a platform where resources are shared and overall utilisation rates are pushed higher has caught the attention not only of IT departments but also of main board members looking for cost savings. However, gaining the cost savings is not just a case of ‘doing cloud’; there are still many areas and variables that need to be suitably considered and covered.

In this chapter, ...

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