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New Surveys Show Scalability and Backup Recovery as Key in Virtualisation Adoption – So Why the Hesitancy?

June 22, 2011

LONDON, June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

A survey conducted by Symantec on 3,700 information technology managers
in 35 countries, entitled “Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud”
revealed key points in what benefits businesses expect from implementing a
virtual strategy. While there were many findings, some specific findings
also showed two-thirds of enterprises list performance degradation as a
somewhat/extremely large factor in their hesitation to place
business-critical applications into a private cloud.

An excerpt from the Symantec whitepaper stated performance can be a
factor that either drives virtualization or inhibits it. While
virtualization/cloud computing can help streamline operations and save
money, sacrificing performance is not an option. Any gains in other areas
will be negated if customers and employees are unable to work within a fast,
secure environment that provides maximum uptime. Among organizations that
have implemented storage virtualization, 84 percent of respondents stated
that one of their goals in doing so was to improve storage performance or
speed. In contrast, two-thirds of enterprises list performance degradation
as a somewhat/extremely large factor in their hesitation to place
business-critical applications into a private cloud.

One key question in the survey asked how important the following goals
were at the time of implementing server virtualisation and showed the
following:

        - 88% said somewhat/completely important to improve the
          scalability of our servers
        - 87% said somewhat/completely important to reduce expenses
        - 85% said somewhat/completely important to improve up-time and
          availability
        - 83% said somewhat/completely important to improve recovery
          readiness
        - 83% said somewhat/completely important to improve server speed

This hesitancy to fully implement a virtual environment is very much
highlighted in another survey which was published in a whitepaper sponsored
by EMC and carried out in conjunction with Computing.

        - 5% have virtualised 96-100% of their IT infrastructure
        - 17% have virtualised 70-95% of their IT infrastructure
        - 16% have virtualised 50-69% of their IT infrastructure
        - 21% have virtualised 30-49% of their IT infrastructure
        - 16% have virtualised 10-29% of their IT infrastructure
        - 10% have virtualised 10% of their IT infrastructure
        - 15% have virtualised none of their IT infrastructure

The above statistics show that companies are only gradually going to a
virtual environment, and by doing so hope to reduce expenses, improve
scalability, improve performance and increase disaster recovery
preparedness.

Technical Presales Consultant at Diskeeper Corporation Europe, Mandeep
Birdi comments “From these statistics we know virtualisation to some degree
is now very much a part of many organisations, but whilst implementing
server virtualization, IT management need to also consider ways to ensure
optimal performance in their virtual infrastructure. A major problem
inherent in virtual infrastructures is that windows based virtual machines
can generate excess I/Os as a result of fragmentation This unfortunately
results in large performance drops on the host through these unnecessary
I/Os and this can impact the success of the migrations. Our software
solution, V-locity(R) virtual platform disk optimiser was specifically
developed to address this issue.”

About Diskeeper Corporation – Microsoft Gold Partner

Innovators in Performance and Reliability Technologies(R): CIOs, IT
Managers and System Administrators of Global Fortune 1000 and Forbes 500
enterprises rely on Diskeeper(R) performance software to provide
unparalleled performance and reliability to their business laptops, desktops
and servers. Diskeeper 2011 includes the breakthrough IntelliWrite(R)
fragmentation prevention technology. V-locity[(R)]2.0 virtual platform disk
optimizer for VMware ESX and Hyper-V eliminates the barriers to full virtual
efficiency and maximum I/O performance on virtual servers. Diskeeper
Corporation further provides real-time data protection and real-time data
recovery with Undelete(R) data recovery software (http://www.undelete.com).
InvisiTasking(R) technology enables any process to run completely invisibly
in the background, fully tapping the power of otherwise unused idle
resources (http://www.invisitasking.com).

SOURCE Diskeeper Corporation Europe


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