In a report published in August 2006 that reviews current industry perspectives on virtualisation, industry analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has reached an upbeat conclusion as to what virtualisation can offer enterprises.
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The report, Virtualisation: Exposing the Intangible Enterprise is based on interviews with a number of enterprises that have already deployed virtualisation, or those that are involved in virtualisation initiatives. EMA surveyed 150 respondents from enterprises that have engaged with virtualisation vendors plus a random sample of EMA’s own enterprise contacts.
EMA has put a particular focus on the current and future market, business drivers, benefits and challenges of managing a virtual environment. In addition, this report reviews 30 of the main vendors and solutions in this space.
The report suggests that virtualisation is of growing importance to IT and that some areas are approaching significant maturity, such as
storage virtualisation or thin-client computing. It believes that others, such as application streaming, are just starting to energise the market and reinvigorate the idea of virtualisation.
Overall, EMA concludes that these techniques are providing specific benefits in a range of areas. However, EMA cautions that virtualisation is also posing new and unique challenges, especially in the field of system management.
The 126-page report is available for download at www.enterprisemanagement.com.