Virtualization projects get the green light these days for a simple reason: High ROI and low TCO. According to Data Center Knowledge, Barb Goldworm, president of Focus Consulting, told the Blade Systems Insight conference in Las Vegas that
"Virtualization is one of those projects that is not getting back-burnered because it saves dollars. This is the place where IT gets to be the good guys and contribute to the bottom line. This is where IT gets to change its perception in the organization."Virtualization does more than save money and contribute to the bottom line, of course. It also helps green IT by significantly cutting energy costs and reducing the data center footprint by reducing the number of physical servers.
So if you've been stymied by lack of support for Green IT projects, start off with virtualization --- the great odds are that you'll get the go-ahead. When management sees the payoff, you may gain enough credibility to fund your next Green IT project.