Posted by: Heather Clancy
What are small and midsize businesses looking for in virtualization projects?
The overriding objective is to save money, according to a new set of data crunched up by Symantec into the handy-dandy information graphic (aka infographic) that I have embedded below.
But one of the things that bedevils these same companies is “identifying the true cost and budget” for virtualization projects: 81 percent of SMBs want more support in this area.
Here’s where else they could use help from technology solution providers:
- Understanding the impacts of virtualization (56 percent)
- Developing new back-up plans (50 percent)
- Obtaining business buy-in (25 percent)
- Developing new skills (25 percent)
- Application migration planning (25 percent)
The SMBs considered by Symantec cited complexity as one of the most surprising side effects of virtualization projects. About half of them are acting under the assumption that it will result in management simplicity; an equal number are surprised to find that virtualization is much more complicated than expected.
Taken together, the data points to a real need for technology solution providers that are willing to take the time to educate SMBs about the realities of virtualization and that can stick around to help SMBs manage their projects after they are are deployed.
Here’s the complete infographic: