Strategic Tech Slideshow: Server Virtualization for EveryoneBy 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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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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54% say they have completed their deployment.
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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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Medium Organizations: 34%Large Organizations: 35%Enterprise Organizations: 42%
8. No Panacea
62% of respondents believe there are still applications that should not run on virtualized servers.
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%)
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10.Metrics Need Improvement
95% of companies believe they save money by virtualizing, but only 46% can track savings.