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The 2012 Private Cloud and Storage Virtualization Survey

When it comes to the impact of storage on virtualization projects, IT administrators are more concerned about performance issues and less about cost than they were a year ago, according to the ‘2012 State of the Private Cloud Survey’ by DataCore Software.

DataCore’s survey, which received responses from 289 IT administrators worldwide, revealed that 63 percent of respondents consider system downtime and slow application performance to be their primary storage-related virtualization concerns, up from 36 percent in 2011. IT admins still consider the rising cost of storage to be a problem with virtualization initiatives, but overall it is declining as a major concern, with just over half (51 percent) describing increasing storage costs as one of their biggest problems (down from 66 percent in 2011).

While increasing storage costs may be less of an issue than last year, storage-related costs continue to comprise a significant portion of virtualization budgets, with 44 percent of respondents saying that storage costs represent more than a quarter of their total budget for virtualization. Many companies are allocating more money for storage, with 37 percent saying their storage budgets have increased this year, while just 13 percent say they have been cut.

Additional findings included:

  • More than one in three respondents (34 percent) admit they underestimated the impact server/desktop virtualization would have on their storage costs. For those deploying a private cloud, more than one in four (28 percent) underestimated how storage costs would be affected.
  • Throwing more money at storage has not reduced performance concerns for companies that have embraced server and desktop virtualization. Even with an increase in the average storage budget, more companies reported significant problems with storage-related performance, bottlenecks, downtimes, and business continuity in 2012.
  • 32 percent reported that their storage infrastructure slowed application performance this year (up from 26 percent in 2011), 32 percent said they have experienced downtime due to storage-related problems (9 percent said virtualization decreased application availability last year), and 23 percent said that ensuring business continuity has become a more difficult challenge.
  • 80 percent of companies say they have virtualized more than 50 percent of their servers, up from 64 percent in 2011. Less than 5 percent say they haven’t virtualized any servers at all, compared to 9 percent of companies in 2011.
  • Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents report that they are not able to manage their storage resources in a single, logical storage pool (up from 61 percent from last year).
  • One in two respondents still uses virtualization software that cannot control different types of storage devices.
  • Among those with private clouds, less than one-third (32 percent) of respondents report that they haven’t begun using storage virtualization technology in their private cloud environments.

The full report may be found at: http://pages.datacore.com/StateofPrivClouds.html

•Date: 3rd May 2012 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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