Top ten most influential of 2010: Virtualisation

As servers and desktops go from physical to virtual, mobiles stand on the horizon for 2011

Each Friday until the end of the year, Computerworld Australia is revealing one of the top ten most influential people, technologies and trends that shaped 2010 in Australia.

The top ten was collated and determined by our editorial team and advisory panel of IT managers, industry experts, consultants and analysts.

The list so far:

(See how we chose the top ten)

A Readers’ Choice poll is also open to determine what our readers think should be included, and what shouldn’t.

Coming in at number two for Computerworld Australia's Top Ten Most Influential list for 2010: Virtualisation.


Though certainly not a new technology, virtualisation remained a popular choice in 2010 for companies looking to minimise data centre space and server requirements.

That's certainly the case in Australia, said to be one of the most virtualised countries in the world.

The technology is not without its challenges - the need to tightly integrate IT systems and building management, as well as potential cooling and power difficulties within virtualised data centres are sure to turn off some.

However, the promise of saving energy and reducing storage space have spurred local organisations to adopt it with fervour.

See our virtualisation technology buyer's guide

Business support specialist Corporate Express has virtualised 85 per cent of its infrastructure since 2004, while Macquarie University adopted Oracle Real Application Clusters to deliver some 7,500 exam results within the first hour of their release.

Within government, the Department of Parliamentary Services have started consolidating physical servers from 300 to 150 this year through virtualisation. The Department of Defence has also jumped on board, with plans to roll out 15,000 thin clients across staff from next year. Centrelink's forthcoming x86 server panel is also likely to play a part in the department's transition to shared service IT procurement with other government agencies.

The vendors certainly aren't shy about their offerings either.

Telstra this year began offering virtualised unified communications as part of its cloud computing portfolio.

Others have developed virtualisation through acquisition – Juniper Networks purchased Altor Networks to offer customers an integrated security architecture for data centres.

Perhaps the biggest – and most interesting source of development – has been the battle for virtualisation turf between Microsoft's Hyper V and VMware well established solutions in the market.

Australia has even played its own part in the technology's development, with almost a billion mobile devices owing its development today to a 2006 spin-off project from government-funded research body National ICT Australia.

Even with the servers, desktops and storage of companies around Australia at high levels of virtualisation, the technology is hardly out of breath. Virtualisation of the mobile's front-end is on the cusp, according to some and likely to lead the technology well into the future.

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