Half server virtualisation projects fail, says research

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Half server virtualisation projects fail, says research

Antony Savvas

Almost half of all server virtualisation projects fail, according to research among 800 firms commissioned by CA.

The research, among firms worldwide, found that 44% were unable to declare their virtualisation deployment a success. Inability to quantify ROI was a key factor in their reticence to claim a positive result.

Server virtualisation is designed to reduce the number of servers needed as a result of partitioning memory, and running multiple operating systems and other critical apps on a single platform.

The study also revealed that 71% of organisations that have moved ahead with virtualisation have deployed, or plan to deploy, multiple server virtualisation technologies.

These include operating system and hardware virtualisation, operating system partitioning, para-virtualisation, and/or clustering. The survey found that 60% of organisations consider clustering a type of server virtualisation, adding to the heterogeneity of virtualised environments.

For organisations claiming success with virtualisation, the most important factor was being able to measure performance of the virtualised environment.

Other key success factors cited in the study include “diligent inventorying of server assets and load distribution” and “thorough investigation of available technology solutions”.

According to the study, organisations are primarily deploying virtualisation to improve server/system utilisation rates, increase server reliability and uptime, and enhance business continuity.

A summary of the report is available at:
http://ca.com/vpm/survey

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