Nearly 50% of organisations in the UK and across Europe plan to invest in server virtualisation this year, as they seek to improve resilience and improve the efficiency of their IT systems.
The UK is further ahead in virtualisation than most other countries, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand, said analyst Roy Illsley, at Ovum, commenting on the results.
The UK is also investing more heavily in big data technology than the rest of Europe, the research found.
Some 33% of UK organisations plan to continue, or to expand, their big data operations, compared with 28% across Europe.
And 35% plan to start a big data programme or to evaluate big data in 2014, compared with 27% for Europe as a whole.
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