While cloud computing has already afforded businesses numerous cost and performance advantages, one expert recently asserted the technology needs to continue to evolve to leverage the full benefits of virtualization. In a report for CTOEdge guest writer Pete Malcolm stated there are still some questions that need to be answered when provisioning virtual machines. IT departments, he wrote, need to decide which physical machine should a virtual machine run, which hypervisor will meet their company's specific needs and, most importantly, does virtualization cause compliance issues.

To address some of these concerns, Malcolm asserted, enterprise virtualization solutions need to be automated and also provisioned and managed based on corporate policies. By employing these practices, businesses will be able to realize true value of virtualization, including greater server efficiency, increased agility and better control over resources.

"This kind of business-policy-driven automation is only possible with the right management tool, one that integrates with your existing management tools and is fully customizable to your needs," Malcolm concluded.

Issues with virtualization should be remedied quickly, as the technology is poised for significant growth in the coming years. According to a recent Research and Markets report, the North American and European virtualization markets will reach $218 billion by 2016.

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