Fear and hype hampers virtualisation uptake

Fears that virtualisation is too confusing and causes downtime is putting off IT directors from reaping the technology’s cost and management benefits.

Fears that virtualisation is too confusing and causes downtime is putting off IT directors from reaping the technology’s cost and management benefits.

Some 71% of the IT directors surveyed by technology integration firm Morse avoid using virtualisation for critical systems because of the perceived risks.

Biggest worry, mentioned by 58% of the 100 IT directors, is the risk of downtime, closely followed by concerns about application performance. Cost and complexity are also cited as a problem, even though both are actually reduced by adopting virtualisation.

Morse consultant Scott Reynolds believes virtualisation is a “victim of its own hype”, but companies that take a strategic approach to the technology can see datacentre costs and management improvements.

“It is a hugely beneficial technology that can help businesses cut their costs in the datacentre and make their whole IT environment much simpler and easier to manage,” says Reynolds.

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