DataCore Software 2012 Private Cloud and Storage Virtualization Survey …
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — With regards to the impact of storage on virtualization projects, IT administrators are more interested by performance issues and no more about cost than they were a year ago, in accordance with a “2012 State of the non-public Cloud Survey” by DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software.
DataCore’s survey, which polled 289 IT administrators worldwide, revealed that 63 percent of respondents consider system downtime and slow application performance to be their primary storage-related virtualization concerns, up from 36 percent in 2011. IT admins still consider the rising cost of storage to be an issue with virtualization initiatives, but overall it’s declining as a serious concern, with just over half (51 percent) describing increasing storage costs as one in all their biggest problems (down from 66 percent in 2011).
While increasing storage costs is also less of a question than last year, storage-related costs continue to comprise a good portion of virtualization budgets, with 44 percent of respondents saying that storage costs represent greater than 1 / 4 in their total budget for virtualization. Many companies are allocating extra money for storage, with 37 percent saying their storage budgets have increased this year, while just 13 percent say they’ve been cut.
Additional findings from the DataCore survey of 289 IT organizations worldwide:
– Multiple in three respondents (34 percent) admit they underestimated the impact server/desktop virtualization would have on their storage costs. For those deploying a personal cloud, multiple in four (28 percent) underestimated how storage costs will be affected.
– Throwing more cash at storage has not reduced performance concerns for firms which have embraced server and desktop virtualization. Regardless of a rise within the average storage budget, more companies reported significant issues of storage-related performance, bottlenecks, downtimes, and business continuity in 2012.
– 32 percent reported that their storage infrastructure slowed application performance this year (up from 26 percent in 2011), 32 percent said they’ve got experienced downtime thanks to storage-related problems (9 percent said virtualization decreased application availability last year), and 23 percent said that ensuring business continuity has become a tougher challenge.
– 80 percent of businesses say they have got virtualized greater than 50 percent in their servers, up from 64 percent in 2011. Lower than 5 percent say they haven’t virtualized any servers in any respect, in comparison to 9 percent of businesses in 2011.
– Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents report that they’re unable to administer their storage resources in one, logical storage pool (up from 61 percent from last year).
– One in two respondents still uses virtualization software that can’t control kinds of storage devices.
– Among people with private clouds, below one-third (32 percent) of respondents report that they have yet using storage virtualization technology of their private cloud environments.
“DataCore’s 2012 State of the personal Cloud survey shows that as virtualization moves from theory to practice, storage-related performance and availability are getting of greater concern to businesses, but cost concerns haven’t gone away,” said George Teixeira, president and CEO of DataCore Software.
“The usage of a storage hypervisor ensures high performance and availability inside the storage infrastructure through features corresponding to auto-tiering, device interchangeability, thin provisioning, and continuous data protection,” continued Teixeira. “A storage hypervisor solves the price issue by enabling enterprises to make greater use of existing storage infrastructure, while dramatically reducing the necessity for giant-scale storage hardware upgrades.”
A Perfect Storm of Possibilities for Storage Virtualization
According to Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, “If the DataCore survey shows anything, it’s that the time is ripe for storage virtualization, both to fulfill the business objectives linked to virtualization projects and to cut back the hazards related to those initiatives. More companies are virtualizing more servers than ever before, but a notable faction of users — a couple of third — are underestimating the storage costs related to server and desktop virtualization projects in addition the storage costs linked to private clouds.
“Instead of simply continuing to expand traditional storage solutions, IT managers will be well advised to think about addressing performance and downtime issues with a storage virtualization solution that permits them to use a simplified management strategy to manage their storage resources in one, logical storage pool. For the respondents in DataCore’s survey — and others — who’re not using storage virtualization, i’d say that logic, availability, and wish are all aligned to claim it is time to take a major look.”
The online survey of 289 businesses worldwide was conducted in March 2012. The survey asked a sequence of questions on virtualization and its impact on storage. The complete report could be found here: http://pages.datacore.com/StateofPrivClouds.html .
About DataCore Software
DataCore Software develops storage virtualization software leveraged in virtual and physical IT environments to acquire high availability, fast performance and maximum utilization from storage. DataCore’s SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor is a comprehensive, yet hardware-independent solution which fundamentally changes the economics of provisioning, replicating and protecting storage for big enterprises and small to midsize businesses. For more information, visit the DataCore website at http://www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111.
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