Why Cloud & Virtualization Investments Will Grow
The vast majority of IT decision-makers surveyed said their company is planning to increase virtualized infrastructure investments over the next year, according to a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of VMware. The study, "Accelerate Your Virtualization and Cloud Journey," indicates that most organizations intend to virtualize more than half of their workloads, but comparatively few of them have accomplished this yet. Many of the findings focus on companies considered "high virtualization" organizations (with more than 50 percent of compute workloads virtualized) and "low virtualization" ones (with 30 percent or less compute workloads virtualized). High virtualization companies are less likely to face a lack of visibility across infrastructure domains, and they're better positioned to ensure that adequate capacity exists for workloads while scaling infrastructure. Overall, however, most businesses struggle to provision infrastructure in a timely manner, with the majority needing days, weeks or even months to do so. Automating the delivery of IT services—including provisioning, capacity management and developer operations—would help, according to the study. A total of 210 U.S. and European IT decision-makers who are responsible for virtualization initiatives took part in the research.