This article originally ran on StateScoop on June 11, 2013
Whenever I ask state and local government IT managers if they're using virtualization, the answer is “yes” nearly 100 percent of the time.
But when I alter that question slightly and ask if they're virtualizing mission-critical applications, the “yes” percentage falls close to zero.
Essentially, these managers are saying: Sure, we're happy to leverage virtualization, just not for the operations we care about.
Logically, this is a bit of an odd position to take. If system components were children, would you really buy food for your youngest daughter Storage that you wouldn't feed to your eldest son Project Management?
Then again, government IT operations are to a large degree driven by risk tolerances. And when they run the...