Data Storage: Symantec's Storage Trends for 2011: Virtualization Remains King
Virtualization has been one of the biggest IT efficiency trends during the last couple of years. And this movement will become even more significant in 2011. Companies of all sizes are benefiting with virtualization by reducing the number of servers in their environments to gain significant reductions in power consumption, carbon dioxide production and physical footprint. While virtualization decreases server costs and improves ROI, enterprises also are realizing that virtualization increases management attentionand indirectly, costsdue to the new complexity it introduces. While many companies believe the information and applications within their virtual infrastructure are protected, many IT administrators will discover the harsh reality that it is not.??íThe rapid adoption of virtualization through fragmented implementations that lack standardization will expose gaps in the security and backup procedures in virtual environments over the next year. Brian Dye, Symantec's vice president of product management, provided his company's views on these storage trends for 2011.