Virtualisation and consolidation top DC strategies


Virtualisation and consolidation top DC strategies

Warwick Ashford

Datacentre managers are increasingly turning to virtualisation to contain costs and manage growth, according to Symantec's latest global state of the datacentre research report.

The report, based on surveys of datacentre managers in 14 countries including the UK by Ziff Davis Enterprise, said Global 2000 enterprises were spending more than £3.2bn annually to help manage datacentre complexity.

The report said server virtualisation and consolidation were considered top cost containment strategies for the majority of respondents, with half implementing virtualisation strategies and 58% implementing consolidation strategies.

The research showed server virtualisation was under consideration by 90%, 75% were considering storage virtualisation, and 91% were considering consolidation.

Some 59% of respondents said web applications were the most likely to be moved into a virtual environment, followed by database management applications, selected by 42% of respondents.

The report said as a result of these trends, there was a clear need for tools and technologies to manage both physical and virtual environments in a more consistent and comprehensive way. This would empower datacentre professionals to master the growing complexity of their datacentres and have greater confidence to deliver against the aggressive service level agreements.

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