Organisations across the world are continuing to adopt server virtualisation for improved business cost savings and efficiencies but are challenged by the management of virtualised environments, says CommVault.
CommVault, a specialist in the provision of Singular Information Management solutions for simplified data management, high-performance data protection and universal availability, has revealed the results of its end-user virtualisation survey. This survey aimed to determine the factors behind server virtualisation worldwide, as well as major challenges experienced by server managers, by polling Simpana Software customers around the world.
Factors driving adoption
One of the survey's major findings was that the top three factors that spurred the adoption of server virtualisation solutions among respondents are the need to reduce business expenditures and increase efficiency, increase customer responsiveness, and boost service levels. The survey also discovered that virtualisation was also being considered as an alternative disaster recovery strategy.
The top three challenges to using virtualised server networks, on the other hand, were the inability to back up virtual machines (VMs) reliably; an increase in administrative time and resource costs; and a boost as well in demand for corporate-wide virtualisation.
Despite these challenges, however, the survey reported a rise in the adoption of server virtualisation solutions. Forty-six per cent of the respondents said that between 51 and 85 per cent of their servers were virtualised, whereas 21 per cent said almost all their servers, if not all their servers, were virtualised. Seventy-seven per cent of the respondents said they were running mission-critical applications on VMs, and 36 per cent also claimed to be generating between one and five terabytes of data via their VMs.
Data protection concerns
While industry pundits have stated that the use of virtualised infrastructures is hampered by data protection concerns, CommVault addresses these problems to effectively alleviate data management issues. The respondents to the survey chose Simpana solutions for their ease of management due to the single software platform, the resource savings, and the reductions in hardware costs.
The survey was distributed by e-mail to more than 10,000 Simpana users over eight days beginning 12 August this year, and received a total of 479 responses. About 60 per cent reported that they were in charge of their organisations' data-management strategies. Thirty-five per cent worked at organisations whose staff numbered between 500 and 1,999 people, while 30 per cent worked for companies employing more than 2,000 people.
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