Virtualization Gains Popularity Despite Problems

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-11-2013
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Virtualization Gains Popularity Despite Problems

Locating Missing E-Mails   Trying to find an important e-mail after your servers are down? On average, CIOs report 14 hours of tech troubles before an e-mail can be recovered.

Virtualization is a huge buzzword in the enterprise. CIOs around the globe are questioning whether they should stick with existing infrastructure or switch to a new virtual server setup that, according to vendors, will deliver all of the benefits of legacy solutions but with fewer headaches.

However, a new study commissioned by Veeam Software, a virtual backup company, tells a much different story. Of the 500 CIOs from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S. who participated in the survey, most of them expressed issues with virtual server recovery times, data protection and cost. "At first glance, the fears of CIOs look to be correct: Despite the potential for faster, more efficient data protection that virtualization offers and the advances modern data protection tools can provide, recovery times have increased since 2011," according to Veeam Software CEO Ratmir Timashev. "This apparent loss of momentum in data protection comes down to two influences. First, virtual infrastructure is constantly growing. As well as forming the majority of IT infrastructure now, it will continue to grow in the future. Second, organizations are not updating their data protection tools and strategies to match."

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at


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