Whatever happened to Veeam's V-Index of virtualisation trends?

We live in the Information Age, apparently, but sometimes it’s far too easy to form the impression that decent information is at best hard to come by and at worst purposely withheld.

This week I spoke to Veeam, the virtualisation backup software specialist. The briefing was mostly a recap of some of the new features announced in version 7 of the Veeam product earlier this month, including WAN acceleration, array-based replication and tape support.

Also discussed was Veeam support for the latest versions of the VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors; a result, said product strategy specialist Mike Resseler, of the company closely following virtualisation platform trends.

Now, if I’d wanted to check the relative penetration of the various hypervisors and the overall percentages of physical to virtual servers there was a time I could have quickly accessed Veeam’s own V-Index surveys, carried out by Vanson Bourne, of more than 500 organisations in the US, UK, France and Germany.

There I could have seen stats for numbers of virtualised servers vs physical, the degree of server consolidation resulting from virtualisation and the relative penetration into datacentres of the various virtualisation hypervisors.

Sadly, however, V-Index was a very short-lived programme, lasting only, it appears, for one iteration of the survey.

Naturally, my suspicious journalist’s mind suspected the results were not what Veeam wanted to see; the V-Index, for example, showed only about 35% of servers in the UK were virtualised in the last quarter of 2011. And that might be an argument for not buying Veeam, which only backs up virtual servers, and instead looking at a product from one of the larger incumbents that backup virtual and physical devices.

Veeam’s public relations company reassures me my suspicions are wide of the mark, however, and that the company decided to concentrate its efforts on its annual Data Protection Report and to leave the kind of reporting done by the V-Index to the likes of Gartner and IDC.

But, Veeam’s Data Protection Report clearly doesn’t give the same metrics at all and you try finding Gartner or IDC figures that give the same information as the V-Index did. Oh, I’m sure they exist, but in nothing like the easily accessible format of Veeam’s creditable efforts, which potentially could have provided a great resource that combined regular snapshots into a picture of virtualisation trends over time.

And that was Veeam’s aim. In that July 2011 blog post Veeam VP for product strategy and chief evangelist Doug Hazelman told us about V-Index and how “very excited” he was about it. But yet by the end of that year the programme appears to have bitten the dust.

So, there’s just one more thing, as I hover near the door Colombo-like, why was V-Index such a great idea in July 2011 but ditched less than half a year later? I can’t help thinking I was right to be suspicious.