Virtualization Is Not For Everyone

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-02-13 Email Print this article Print

A survey reveals that less than half of respondents believe they are using it effectively.

Virtualization in the data center has broken out of the experimental and testing stage in many IT shops, but there are still a great many large-enterprise CIOs who are not completely sold on using it in daily production. New research reported Feb. 12 that worldwide, 54 percent of large enterprises rate management of their virtual server environment as a critical or high IT priority. Yet only 45 percent think their companies are doing an effective job in this area.

The survey of 300 CIOs and other top IT executives at companies in the United States, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific) with more than $250 million in annual revenue revealed that servers, storage and applications are the most important areas to virtualize. Respondents reported more success in virtualizing storage systems than anything else.

Fifty-six percent of respondents are using multiple platforms/vendors for server virtualization management, while 35 percent are standardized on one platform. Sixty-eight percent of the respondents rated the importance of centralizing the management of multiplatform virtualized or physical environments as critical or very important. Read the full article at eWEEK.


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