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Server Sprawl Hampers Virtualization
Lack of Visibility, Reporting, and Demonstrable ROI Hurts Virtualization

Virtual server sprawl, lack of visibility and reporting, and an inability to measure return on investment (ROI) are hampering users, according to a double-blind survey commissioned by CA and carried out Canadian research company The Strategic Counsel. The survey covered 808 organizations with 500 or more employees in Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe, all of whom are adopting virtualization.

 A total of 71 percent of respondents are deploying multiple server virtualization technologies, including operating system and hardware virtualization, operating system partitioning, para-virtualization, and/or clustering.

Findings include:

-- Most organizations have more than one server virtualization environment.

-- Server sprawl, increased admin, reporting troubles, multiple skill-sets and the lack of a single management view were all hindering users.

-- Companies that carried out an inventory and consolidated their physical servers got more out of virtualization.

Outfits using multiple technologies to virtualize are suffering, according to report author Warren Shiau. They are 75 percent more likely to complain about higher admin workloads than those who stuck with one technology, 66 percent more likely to complain of higher configuration requirements, 50 percent more likely to suffer server sprawl, and 47 percent more likely to have reporting troubles.

Companies are deploying virtualization to improve utilization reliability and uptime, according to the survey, but they have no idea whether it is working. because of difficulty measuring the performance of the virtualized environment.

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A total of 71 percent of respondents are deploying multiple server virtualization technologies, including operating system and hardware virtualization, operating system partitioning, para-virtualization, and/or clustering.




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