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High storage costs and performance remain key obstacles to virtualization of critical business apps

A survey of 477 IT professionals from a broad range of industries finds that organizations are eager to virtualize their mission critical applications, but that storage-related costs and I/O performance issues remain significant obstacles to achieving those objectives.

DataCore Software’s third annual ‘State of Virtualisation Survey’ reveals that SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Oracle and SAP represent the most prevalent Tier-1 applications targeted for consolidation. At the same time, integration difficulties associated with Flash memory and solid state disks (SSDs) rank high among the factors discouraging organizations from applying these fast technologies to their most latency-sensitive virtualized workloads and desktop virtualization (VDI) programs.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • 44 percent of respondents said the disproportionate storage-related costs were a ‘serious obstacle’ or ‘somewhat of an obstacle’ preventing them from virtualizing more of their workloads. 42 percent of respondents said the same about performance degradation or inability to meet performance expectations.
  • IT storage budgets are on a relatively tight leash in 2013 compared to 2012. More than half (51 percent) of respondents said their storage budget has remained stable, but 20 percent said their storage budget has been reduced, compared to just 14 percent in 2012. While 38 percent said their storage budget grew in 2012, only 30 percent said the same this year.
  • Storage continues to be the biggest chunk of the investment in virtualization projects. These include both server and desktop initiatives. 52 percent of those surveyed said storage accounted for more than 25 percent of their virtualization budget.
  • Organizations are not flocking to public cloud storage in droves for their storage needs. Eight in 10 said they are not using any public cloud storage. This is particularly notable given the amount of recent attention devoted to public cloud options.
  • Despite the incredible attention the industry is placing on solid state technologies, one in two respondents said they are not planning to use Flash/SSD for their virtualization projects. When asked about what classes of storage they are using across their environments, nearly six in 10 respondents said they aren’t using Flash/SSD at all.

IT professionals from organizations across the globe participated in the survey, with 56 percent of respondents from organizations with less than 1,000 employees, 23 percent of respondents from organizations with 1,000 to 5,000 employees, and 21 percent of respondents from organizations with more than 5,000 employees. Respondents represented a range of industries, including financial services (11 percent), healthcare (12 percent), government (13 percent), manufacturing (15 percent), education (13 percent) and IT services (14 percent). The average capacity managed by these organisations was 234 terabytes.

The full survey report may be found here.

•Date: 9th May 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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