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Analyst corner

Computer Weekly Staff

In Analyst Corner we round up the latest papers from the research firms that cover the IT industry. This week we examine trends around server virtualisation technology, which businesses can use to make more efficient use of their computing resources.

Butler Group: processes could hinder benefits

Some 69% of respondents in a study of 80 organisations have deployed or trialled server virtualisation as a means of increasing efficiency. However, barriers such as poor IT processes and the cost of maintaining legacy infrastructures could hinder benefits being realised.

IDC: Virtualisation drives server market

Server virtualisation and consolidation projects are driving growth in the EMEA server market with revenues up 7% to more than £2.6bn, according to IDC.

Forrester: virtualisation trumps grid computing

"The higher adoption rate of server virtualisation shows it has more applicability to the needs of enterprises than grid computing," said Forrester analyst Frank Gillett. His research showed that nearly one-third of the IT budget is being spent on enterprise hardware and maintenance, including servers.

Berkeley: servers taking more power worldwide

Virtualisation can help to reduce growing IT energy consumption. Scientists at Berkeley National Laboratory said that, in the US alone, total energy transmitted and consumed by servers and cooling equipment last year was equivalent to five 1,000MWatt power plants.

Related article: Virtualisation boosts IT cost efficiency

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