Datacentre inefficiency is still a major problem in many enterprises, despite the availability of standard technologies to ease problems.
Although server consolidation through virtualisation technology is increasing in the enterprise, inefficient management of datacentres and virtual environments continues to be a burden, according to research commissioned by Novell.
The study, which surveyed 411 enterprise datacentre decision-makers, found that although 45% of respondents have implemented virtualisation technology, few are using automated management tools to improve efficiency and resource use in the datacentre.
"Effectively managing a datacentre has been a challenge for some time. However, the challenge increases with the use of physical and virtual machines in heterogeneous environments," said Drue Reeves, an analyst at Burton Group.
"Server virtualisation introduces a whole new world of resource mobility and growth. Datacentre management software must scale to reduce the complexity associated with virtualisation-induced server sprawl and enable the automated, dynamic datacentre," said Reeves.
The study shows that as organisations move to adopt server virtualisation, the main challenges they face include lack of expertise, difficulty managing virtual servers and having a single point of failure.
This is compounded by the fact that 61% of participants reported they either manually track or do not track server resource consumption, and 79% reported they either manually manage or do not manage the reallocation of server workloads based on available resources.