More than 60 percent of survey respondents are disappointed in virtualization's cost savings.
A survey of
460 IT decision-makers from midsize and large enterprises found that more than 60
percent are disappointed in virtualization's cost savings. Moreover,
respondents said they believe that automation plays a key role in reaping the
financial benefits of virtualization and cloud computing.
management software and solutions specialist CA Technologies announced the
results of the independently conducted research survey on the state of IT
(95 percent) respondents have implemented, are piloting or plan to implement
virtualization in their organization. A large majority cited reducing costs (85
percent) and increasing server utilization (84 percent) as the primary reasons
to deploy virtualization. However, 63 percent of respondents stated that they
have not experienced as much savings as expected, and 5 percent said the
complexities of virtualization had actually introduced new costs.
is a bean counter's dream, but it can be an operational nightmare," said respondent
Ian Watts, senior technical manager of BT Americas. "Change management is a
huge overhead, as any changes need to be accepted by all applications and users
sharing the same virtualization kit. While many organizations are seeing
benefits from virtualization, such as reduced hardware spending and improved
server utilization, these benefits often get overshadowed by the lack of
productivity improvements in data center staffing and operations."
indicated that there is a direct correlation between IT service automation in a
virtualized environment and cost-savings. For example, 44 percent of survey
respondents who said most of their server provisioning processes are automated
report they have significantly reduced costs through virtualization.
Conversely, 48 percent of those who said the complexities of virtualization
have introduced new costs also said most of their server provisioning processes
survey further demonstrates that the promised benefits of virtualization and cloud
computing will be hard to realize without first standardizing and automating
routine IT processes," said Roger Pilc, general manager of virtualization and
automation at CA Technologies. "Without automation, IT staff can be overwhelmed
by the complexities and challenges of managing a highly distributed IT
infrastructure consisting of virtual and physical servers, applications and
dynamic cloud-based services. These complexities can negate any benefits
organizations hope to realize as this data shows."
to become more efficient and to realize the full benefits from virtualization
and cloud computing, IT organizations need to automate and integrate the
physical and virtual server configuration, provisioning, monitoring, security,
software patching and more across a heterogeneous enterprise. "They need to
reduce their reliance on manual processes, and implement tools and procedures
that automate standard management and administrative tasks, as well as deliver
consistent workload management," he explained. "IT automation is needed to ease
management across a variety of computing environments, including physical,
virtual and cloud."