Research conducted ahead of next month's IP Expo infrastructure trade show has suggested that concerns around virtualisation and data security will dominate IT managers' thoughts over the next 12 months.
A full 88% of respondents to the survey, carried out on behalf of the event organisers, rated data security as a key objective and spending priority, with 85.8% identifying virtualisation adoption as a priority.
A growing link between the two technology areas was also highlighted; although most IT managers saying that although they were keen to take-up virtualisation solutions, well over half believed that the rollout of virtualised technology and cloud environments would have to wait until security guarantees could be properly demonstrated.
But in spite of these concerns only 3% of respondents believed that security issues would be a complete bar to virtualisation, and 81% said virtualisation could actually offer them a chance to improve their business' overall level of security.
Event spokesman Adam Malik said: "The priority is to make sure that this technology can meet the needs of companies of all sizes, as well as some of the UK's highest risk legal and financial companies."