Three-quarters of IT organisations see benefit of virtualisation

Three out of four businesses, regardless of size, already have or plan to deploy server virtualisation over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Yankee Group.

Three out of four businesses, regardless of size, already have or plan to deploy server virtualisation over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Yankee Group.

The survey of 1,700 managers and executives worldwide found that of the 76% of organisations that affirmed they will deploy virtualisation, 62% already have a virtualisation solution in place or are in the process of migrating, while another 21% indicated they will install server virtualisation within the next 12 months.

Only 4% of respondents - ranging from the smallest SMBs with under 50 users to the largest multinational enterprises with 100,000+ end users - said they had no plans to install a virtualisation solution.

Furthermore, 50% of the 62% that have already deployed server virtualisation in a production environment indicated that they had already made attributable cost reductions from the server consolidation, including a reduction of software licences and management time.

Only 4% of respondents indicated that there were no total cost of ownership improvements, while only 9% had not seen any perceptible return on investment.

Nine in 10 respondents said that deploying server virtualisation technology was a positive experience and indicated that they were able to deploy the technology very quickly and efficiently. Some 25% had deployed virtualisation in a production datacentre in one week or less; 18% had been up and running within one to two weeks; and 18% indicated they spent two to four weeks deploying the technology.

However, overall an impressive 61% had deployed server virtualisation solutions in under one month. Some 19% of companies said it took them from one to two months to deploy virtualisation; 9% took three to six months and 11% said it had taken longer than six months.

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