Avance and Virtualization: Another Kusnetzky Group Paper

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Business organizations are looking to virtualization technology to help resolve a number of challenging issues including increasing overall availability of their IT solutions, optimizing the use of their systems, as well as reducing the costs of administration and management. Small to medium businesses (SMB), due to their limited resources and funding, feel the pressure to adopt this technology strongly. Avance, from Stratus Technologies, can help.

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Kusnetzky Group, Inc. today posted Avance and Virtualization, another position paper intended to review the forces changing the market for information technology, virtualization and cloud computing. These position papers are written by the well known software analyst, Daniel Kusnetzky, who is the Kusnetzky Group LLC’s Distinguished Analyst and Managing Director, and the principal author of ZDnet's “Virtually Speaking.” This paper can be found on the Kusnetzky Group, LLC’s. Website.

http://kusnetzky.net/publications/ImpactPapers/20110713_Avance_and_Virtualization.pdf

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Businesses of all sizes now face a need to have IT solutions that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They’ve learned that their customers expect to always be able to determine what products and services are available and order desired products or services ask an online service agent questions about them or send detailed questions to the company. Many smaller organizations have neither the staff nor the expertise to set up, manage or deploy online solutions. SMBs are no different.

This creates problems for the IT department. In the past backup, updating system software or testing out new applications was done during off hours. The production systems would be taken off line to allow these activities to take place.

Today, systems must be available all of the time. Going off line at a certain time of the day local time is no longer acceptable to customers coming from other regions. Companies must immediately respond to electronic orders and other requests or lose business to others who are seen as more responsive.

If a company’s Website isn’t available, customers simply go elsewhere for those products or services. This, of course, means that the company is losing customers and revenue.

Small to medium organizations are facing a number of issues including the absolute requirement that to use automated systems to address ongoing operational issues. They, like larger organizations, face the need to reduce their costs while offering their customers competitive products and services. Reducing the complexity of their IT solutions is one way to address this need to reduce costs.

These companies also are facing a need to make their IT solutions work all of the time without also requiring that they hire IT experts having skill in high availability solutions, virtualization, system programming or other special skills.

Technology, such as that built into Stratus Technologies’ Avance can address the issues and the pain these issues cause. It would be beneficial to ask one of Stratus’ partners for a demonstration of the capabilities of the product.

About Kusnetzky Group

Kusnetzky Group LLC brings decades of experience in all areas of the solution life cycle. It offers deep expertise in research, product planning, product development, and product marketing in the following areas: Virtualization technology, System software, Cloud Computing, Mobile computing solutions, and both Collaborative and personal productivity applications, Developing and deploying Web-based viral marketing campaigns. For more information, please visit http://www.kusnetzky.net.

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