How Virtualization Drives Peak IT Performance

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-26-2014 Email

While CIOs want to devote more of IT's time to business-driving strategies and less on day-to-day fixes, they're faced with an uphill struggle: Six of 10 tech professionals say they spend too much time is tracking and compiling IT expenses as opposed to performing IT analysis, according to a recent survey from Logicalis US. The majority say they're constantly fighting fires and doesn't spend enough time developing business-focused solutions, findings show. The accompanying report, "The Impact of IT Transformation on Enterprise Computing," indicates that organizations are at a wide range of stages in terms of their strategic sophistication. And the relative advancement of their virtualization and cloud investment is playing a big role. Those at the most advanced stage benefit from fully virtualized, converged and automated data centers to fully support all benefits of cloud computing. They're replacing unpredictable and often pricy IT capital spending with regular monthly service costs. Those in the earliest stage are relatively inflexible, saddled with time-consuming manual processes while pursuing piecemeal and often unpredictably pricy tech acquisitions. "CIOs are searching for relevance today," says Brett Anderson, director of Enterprise Computing Solutions for Logicalis US. "The more developed a company's IT roadmap, the more readily that company is able to adapt to technological changes and new requirements; respond to risks in a proactive, rather than reactive manner; and overcome threats to IT system availability and performance." More than 600 U.S. IT professionals participated in the research, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute. For more about the survey, click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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