There are a number of new articles on the hidden costs of virtualization on the Scalable site. These articles will be of interest to any IT Asset Manager or IT Finance team whose organizations are planning to add more virtual machines (VMs) this year.
One article discusses VM License Costs, and the five areas that might lead to unexpected costs:
- Vendor audits of software usage increasingly touch virtualized environments
- The use of outsourced service providers
- Licenses that don’t cover common use cases, such as proof of concept or the test use of virtualized environments
- “VM sprawl”
- The impact of “shadow IT”
Another article discusses the explosive growth of virtualization in the data center, and some potentially significant negative impacts on projected business value in virtualized environments.
From the article:
“The complexity of licensing models, and the difficulty in precisely identifying which virtual machine (VM) has which application running at which time, can lead to spectacular license compliance issues … in a recent IDC report, one IT executive noted that for every $1M virtualization saved on hardware, their company spent $13M resolving software license compliance overages.”
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