A meagre twopercent of companies have no plan to implement virtualisation, according to asurvey of more than 350 companies by Storage Expo, illustrating growingadoption of the technology by customers.
The survey alsofound that while virtualisation is viewed primarily as a means to achieveserver consolidation by 62 percent of respondents, almost a third believe itwill introduce new management capabilities.
Commenting on thesurvey, Natalie Booth, event manager for Storage Expo 2008 pointed to the"dramatic adoption" of virtualisation by companies in recent yearsand the benefits it delivered in flexibility, recoverability and assurance."Virtualised server infrastructure is a powerful approach to lower costs,improve manageability, and dramatically increase utilisation," she added.
John Abbott,chief analyst at The 451 Group, who will chair a virtualisation-based keynoteat Storage Expo 2008, said it was proving to be a catalyst for introducing orrevitalising related technologies.
"It iseasier to move virtual resources around a data centre (or multiple datacentres) in response to demand, to deploy new resources more rapidly, and toredeploy them once they are no longer required," he added.
"And it isalso easier than in the past to integrate surrounding tools (such asmonitoring, billing and chargeback) with virtualised resources."