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Real Time Applications: A Closer Look at Virtualization

December 12, 2014

The communications landscape today has changed into something dynamically different from that of the past. For IT professionals and enterprise networking administrators, the pressures are greater than ever to deliver better services while also controlling costs and maintaining security.

To achieve this, virtualization has been the golden ticket. Today’s real-time applications range from texting to IM, audio and video and more – and have varying options. With virtualization it becomes possible to consolidate hardware assets, gain ROI and increase efficiency.

During a recent webinar sponsored by SPS called, “Exploring the Four Stages to Virtualization and the Impact of Real-Time Applications” Mauro Failli, director of systems engineering and architecture at SPS and Jay Race, virtualization practice leader of systems engineering and architecture at SPS, discussed the four stages to virtualization and how these key concepts are being applied to real-time applications.  

Most organizations, when deploying voice, video, or a contact center for example, it is not being done as one. While some may start with one basic thing and then add other functionalities, they are not all deployed at the same time. And many times this includes whats popular at the time – so there are different systems all needing to be used together. Where SPS defines itself from a virtualization aspect is that they can integrate all those different vendor capabilities into UC solutions that will work with each other.

With virtualization, you are taking a specific application that’s important to the company and mixing it with other applications. To ensure this is successful, the webinar panel noted that everything – including teams - need to work in sync. For example, if the voice engineer wants to deploy something – you have to consider how that is affecting storage – and so on.

This gets even more intertwined when you consider real time applications - which suggest there is no delay. So unlike a best effort Web and email, this is more like streaming – it’s always happening.

So, when you optimize for real-time applications, you have to take consideration of CPUs, multi-bandwidth, guarantee of bandwidth, and so on.

If you want to hear more about how virtualization and how to get it right, be sure to check out the recorded version of the Webinar HERE.  

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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