by Bill Pray | June 3, 2010 | Comments Off on E-mail Servers and Virtualization
Blogger: Bill Pray
Recent research and work with my counterparts in our Data Center Strategies team has led me to a conclusion and recommendation that might seem aggressive to died-in-the-wool, tried-and-true, e-mail server administrators:
Enterprise production e-mail servers should be deployed virtualized by default (meaning that it should be an exception backed by specific technical considerations when they are deployed on “bare metal”).
Albeit, many organizations are already doing this – although most have relegated e-mail server virtualization to test environments.
The development of e-mail solutions, hardware technologies, and virtualization hypervisors has reached a point that enterprises can successfully virtualize production e-mail servers. E-mail applications are resource hungry and designed for bare metal server deployment. However, careful planning can overcome the pitfalls of deploying e-mail virtualized.
The benefits of virtualizing production e-mail servers are compelling. Lower costs, improved management, and better resiliency underscore the business case for virtualization.
I lay out more of the case for virtualizing production e-mail servers in a recently published research document E-Mail Servers and Virtualization (available to subscribers of the Burton Group content).
Read Complimentary Relevant Research
Predicts 2017: Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is changing the way in which organizations innovate and communicate their processes, products and services. Practical...
View Relevant Webinars
The BI & Analytics Challenge for T&SPs: Major Disruptions on the Way
From artificial intelligence (AI) to machine learning to smart data discovery, the BI market is once again going through a major transformation...
Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.