Virtualisation strategies flunk enterprise acid test

29 Mar 2007

Around 44pc of companies who said they had deployed server virtualisation technology were unable to declare their deployment a success so far, a global survey claims.

The survey of 800 IT managers worldwide by Computer Associates (CA) found that inability to quantify return on investment was a key factor in their reticence to definitively claim positive results.

The study also revealed that 71pc of organisations that have moved ahead with virtualisation have deployed, or plan to deploy, multiple server virtualisation technologies — including operating system and hardware virtualisation, operating system partitioning, para-virtualisation, and/or clustering.

The survey found that 60pc of organisations consider clustering a type of server virtualisation, adding to the heterogeneity of virtualised environments.

According to the study, organisations are primarily deploying virtualisation to improve server/system utilisation rates, increase server reliability and uptime, and enhance business continuity.

“While the market has yet to mature, it’s clear that significant benefits await those organisations that implement proven virtualisation best practices,” said Paula Daley, director of product marketing at CA.

By John Kennedy