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If you came to Interop and you didn't think the cloud and virtualization were big deals, then you were somewhere else. You simply couldn't get away from the discussion. At CIO Boot Camp, which runs during Interop, I spoke with three IT leaders who were at different levels of virtualization within their organization:
  • Steve King, VP, Management Information Systems of the Housing Authority of the City of Tulsa, has about half of his organization's infrastructure virtualized. It's mostly things that weren't mission critical and easy to ramp up, like printer hosting.
  • Anthony Salazar, Senior Manager, Network Services of Square Enix, has about 75 to 80 percent of his servers virtualized. While virtualization is great for disaster recovery, Salazar is trying to figure out what his company's needs for virtualization will be in the future.
  • Lastly, Lance Tinseth, Director of Information Technology for Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, has plans to virtualize his entire infrastructure.
All three have been really happy and surprised with the success of virtualization.