Virtualizing Business-Critical Applications: Technology Concepts And Business Considerations

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Executive Summary

This white paper focuses on the issues and solutions involved with virtualizing tier-one applications. It begins with a discussion of what sets tier-one applications apart from other line-of-business and infrastructure applications and the unique requirements of tier-one applications. The paper then discusses some of the concerns that firm's have with moving their business-critical applications to a virtual environment. The audience for this paper is composed of IT managers who have already begun on a path to virtualizing the data center. They have realized many of the benefits of server virtualization for lower-tier applications but have not taken the step to virtualize tier-one applications.

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