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Survey reveals take-up of server virtualisation

Seventy five per cent of businesses either use server virtualisation or plan to deploy it over the next 12 months, research has revealed.

Virtualised systems allow IT resources to be pooled and optimised across servers, making more efficient use of hardware.

A worldwide survey of 1,700 managers found that 76% of organisations were intending to use virtualisation. Of these, more than 60% had virtualisation in place or were in the process of migrating.

Another 21% of firms interested in virtualisation intended to install it within the next 12 months, the research from analyst firm Yankee Group and Double-Take Software found. Only 4% of respondents said they had no plans for server virtualisation.

The main reason for adopting virtualisation was reduced infrastructure costs (43%), followed by easier, more flexible deployment of applications (18%), and 15% of respondents adopted it to improve server utilisation rates.
Of the businesses that had deployed server virtualisation in a production environment, 50% had seen costs fall as a result of server consolidation, lower licensing costs and savings in management time.

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