In the past decade, virtualization has evolved from a niche project to a generally accepted best practice in enterprise IT shops. According to IDC, the number of virtual servers in production exceeded the number of physical servers in production in 2009 and the gap has only widened in the ensuing three years. Virtualization provides a host of benefits to organizations, most notably its ability to significantly reduce costs associated with running servers – generally by a factor of ten or more.
While there is a clear ROI from virtualizing your physical infrastructure, it can be more difficult to do so when you’re working in an SMB environment with fewer servers and a smaller budget. It’s thus no surprise that one of the top findings from a recent poll we conducted found that cost – specifically, the up-front investment – continues to be the single biggest inhibitor for SMBs that are looking to adopt virtualization.
Over 64% of respondents identified cost/upfront investment as the biggest SMB virtualization challenge. An additional 19% cited education/training, while 9% reported that deployment was the biggest issue preventing them from virtualizing their infrastructure.
Other factors cited by a small percentage of respondents included:
- Choosing the right hardware/platform
- Backup/disaster recovery
- Convincing superiors of virtualization’s ROI (clearly, they haven’t been reading this blog! If Andy the Angry IT Guy can do it, literally anybody can…)
Additionally, we saw responses from a large number of countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Canada, Singapore, and India.
And remember, you can take the first step to virtualizing your IT environment by registering for a free trial of VMware Go Pro today.