Virtualisation in the pipeline for most customers

A meagre two percent of companies have no plan to implement virtualisation, according to a survey of more than 350 companies by Storage Expo, illustrating growing adoption of the technology by customers.

A meagre two percent of companies have no plan to implement virtualisation, according to a survey of more than 350 companies by Storage Expo, illustrating growing adoption of the technology by customers.

The survey also found that while virtualisation is viewed primarily as a means to achieve server consolidation by 62 percent of respondents, almost a third believe it will introduce new management capabilities.

Commenting on the survey, Natalie Booth, event manager for Storage Expo 2008 pointed to the"dramatic adoption" of virtualisation by companies in recent year sand 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 keynote at Storage Expo 2008, said it was proving to be a catalyst for introducing or revitalising related technologies.

"It is easier to move virtual resources around a data centre (or multiple data centres) in response to demand, to deploy new resources more rapidly, and to redeploy them once they are no longer required," he added.

"And it is also easier than in the past to integrate surrounding tools (such as monitoring, billing and charge back) with virtualised resources."

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