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.