"It could take an army of system administrators to constantly
update and upgrade the IT systems that support Federal Home Loan
Bank of San Francisco and its many branches and offices throughout
the western U.S. But even an IT army couldn't do those things
without disrupting the performance of hundreds of the bank's
employees, thousands of customers, hundreds of servers and tens of
billions of dollars in revenue exchanges.
"Rather than put his IT army of about 100 people to work
fighting fires caused by system changes, Mike Bedford, the bank's
senior systems architect, sought and found a virtualization
technology to do it for them..."
"What non-technology issues related to virtualization
give you headaches?
"Mike Bedford: Although a virtual infrastructure is a sound and
proven concept, we have found that one of most difficult situations
is within the software vendors and ISVs. They simply have not
gotten with the program and realized that VM (virtual machine)
hosts are no different than traditional hardware based
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