Strategic Tech Slideshow: Server Virtualization for Everyone

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 01-27-2010

Server Virtualization for Everyone

CDW's Server Virtualization Life Cycle Report compiles results of a survey of nearly 400 IT managers, from companies with 100 or more employees, about server virtualization. The report showed that the vast majority of organizations are in some stage or another of implementing server virtualization, but even the best have room to improve.

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1. Everyone is Virtualizing

90% of organizations are implementing server virtualization at some level.

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2.Planning Underway

87% of respondents have a plan that identifies server candidates for virtualization as well as an implementation roadmap.

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3.A Process, Not an Event

Of those organizations that have fully or partially deployed solutions,73% of respondents began virtualizing in 2007 and 2008.

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4.Goals Attained

54% say they have completed their deployment.

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5.Left Undone

Even "fully deployed" organizations say that only 37% of their infrastructure consists of virtual servers.

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6 . Fully Deployed

Medium Organizations: 52% Large Organizations: 58%Enterprise Organizations: 52%

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7.Partially deployed

Medium Organizations: 34%Large Organizations: 35%Enterprise Organizations: 42%

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8. No Panacea

62% of respondents believe there are still applications that should not run on virtualized servers.

8. No Panacea

9. Most Common Barriers

Concerns about security of virtualized environments (17%)Hardware does not support virtualization technology (17%)Uncertainty of ROI (12%)Business apps don't support virtualization (11%)

9. Most Common Barriers

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10.Metrics Need Improvement

95% of companies believe they save money by virtualizing, but only 46% can track savings.

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