Virtual Instruments survey reveals large gap between server and storage virtualisation levels
One of the most interesting findings was that while a significant percentage (62.5%) of respondents had virtualised theirservers, a much lower percentage, only 15.5%, had taken the same route for their data storage. Virtual Instruments believes that companies are reluctant to introduce an additional level of virtualisation at the storage tier because it adds a further layer of complexity to the whole IT architecture. This can make it difficult to manage without specifically-designed solutions to give full visibility as part of an overall IPM strategy.
The survey responses also reveal that companies that have opted for virtualisation have found it to be a positiveexperience: more than half (58%) of the respondents who had a virtualised IT environment reported finding it easier to manage than their former physicalsystems. Furthermore, nearly 85% of these IT decision makers stated that virtualisation had provided measurable benefits in terms of better service as well as improvements in network and storage utilization.
Chris James, EMEA Marketing Director at Virtual Instruments says: "With positive feedback on virtualisation like this, it begs the question "why are so few organisations actually committing to complete infrastructure virtualisation?'"
As more than half (52%) of respondents said that they were excited by the creation of dynamic, virtual and cloud IT, it could be that the complexity of successfully managing such environments is what is thwarting virtualisation uptake.
Skip Bacon, Chief Technology Officer, Virtual Instruments says: "Without a strong Infrastructure Performance Management strategy, there's no way to see how applications are performing in the physical, virtual and cloud environments."
"IPM capabilities are especially critical when implementing storage virtualization. While fabric-based virtualizers can offer significant improvements in storage agility and flexibility, they also add another tier and the need for very careful configuration and tuning to achieve full benefit. An IPM strategy adds the real-time, highly-detailed visibility needed to assure performance in a virtualized storage environment, as well as to drive operational efficiency and cost savings across the host and storage infrastructure", he concluded.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Virtual Instruments flagship platform VirtualWisdom gives IT managers visibility across the whole systems infrastructure, from VM to Storage, even when fully virtualised. This access to real-time analysis drives improved performance and ensures any emerging trends can be identified and managed before they become a performance impacting issue.
With this IPM solution in place, managers can enjoy the benefits of virtualisation without compromising on reliability or worrying about migration of business critical applications to a virtualisedenvironment.
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Virtual Instruments is a leader in Infrastructure Performance Management for physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. The award-winning VirtualWisdom© platform provides visibilityinto real-time performance and health of the entire open systems stack along with metrics that assess utilisation. Virtual Instruments improves the performance and availability of mission-critical applications while lowering the cost of the supporting infrastructure. Forbes Magazine listed the company third on its annual ranking of America's Most Promising Companies. The company was founded in June 2008 with headquarters in San Jose, Calif. and sales and engineering offices throughout the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Virtual Instruments can be found online at http://www.virtualinstruments.com.