The Virtualization Room

Sep 30 2010   7:18PM GMT

Still a long way to go on the virtualization road

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

I know you’re sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting for us to release the results of our “Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey.” Fear not. It’s coming next week.

To whet your appetite in the meantime, Gartner has some virtualization stats of its own — particularly around the breadth and depth of server virtualization deployments. The research firm says 80% of enterprises are involved with virtualization, but only one in four server workloads will be virtualized by the end of the year.

In other words: lots of businesses are trying virtualization, but most aren’t getting very far.

We’ve been talking about this phenomenon, termed “VM stall” by CA’s Andi Mann, for a few months now, but it’s always good to have more data that supports a supposed trend. (Another data point from Gartner: 80% to 90% of x86 computing capacity is unused at any given time.)

Our survey also asked about the percentage of virtual servers in organizations, as well as the roadblocks to deploying or expanding virtualization. There was a pretty sizable shift in the reasons why businesses aren’t virtualizing as much as they’d like, and it’s something Gartner’s Philip Dawson touched on in comments about his firm’s data:

Virtualization now drives efficient IT from all angles, including data center design, platform updates, and application and infrastructure modernization, as well as traditional and new delivery models, such as infrastructure utility and cloud computing. However, virtualization does take investment; the savings are not a given.

Internal bureaucracy and support from application vendors (or lack thereof) can also stop virtualization projects in their tracks, and our survey coverage will examine these issues in depth. In the meantime, if these problems have struck in your organization, check out what our Server Virtualization Advisory Board has to say about jump-starting stalled virtualization deployments.

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