This morning my IT Director and the Senior Application Architect were discussing upgrading some production hardware. The system requirements for the software platform in question had already been delivered to me so I knew what they needed. The IT Director was asking about cost and timeline and asked me what these servers would cost.
I told him they were good virtualization candidates which made him happy (We're still justifying VI to the board). The Application Architect didn't respond but I saw the screwed up look on his face and the pain / concern for his platform raging in his head. I pulled up a whiteboard and went over the architecture with him and explained the resource scalability. By the end of our quick meeting I had buy off. The problem is that so many people still think of virtual servers as some sort of VMware workstation or MS Virtual PC product, MAYBE they're able to think about in terms of MS Virtual Server or VMware Server which still inspires dread for the Enterprise Production environment. Seems most people don't have a clue about ESX, HA, DRS, or anything like that. I need to find a good multi-audience slide show.
This one is great for geek circles but doesn't really scale up to directors and executive well. My IT Director bought off on VI a long time ago but he was amazed to watch this video and learn how some of these things work. We need more tools to spread the word. They need to be informative but also technical. Its the people with some depth of technical knowledge who have a hard time with virtualization. They understand the design challenges and assume they haven't been overcome. Joe Schmo, just says "Cool, that's a great idea"