More businesses virtualising x86 servers, report claims

Friday 18 January 2013

The average virtualisation rate on x86 processor-based IT infrastructure continues to increase, it has been reported.

Research conducted by TheInfoPro found that 51 per cent of such servers have now been virtualised, as businesses look to increase efficiency and reduce IT costs.

This figure was up from 38 per cent in 2011, the analyst firm reported.

However, with just 29 per cent thinking their IT infrastructure is sufficiently virtualised, it appears companies will continue to invest in this area.

Some 52 per cent said they spent more on virtualising Windows-based systems in 2012 than in the previous year.

"Server virtualisation projects are still dominating IT activity, creating a one-time spending bubble as organisations lay down the foundation for a cloud-ready infrastructure," said Peter ffoulkes, TheInfoPro's research director for servers and virtualisation.

He said complexity is driving interest in converged infrastructure solutions.

"Some 13 per cent of respondents are planning to implement the technology for the first time within the next two years," Mr ffoulkes stated.

Sean Kopelke, director of specialist solutions for the Pacific region at Symantec, recently said that for an increasing number of companies, virtualisation underpins every aspect of the data centre.

“Organisations have gained the confidence to virtualise both their non-critical and business applications to realise the benefits of increased performance and efficiency," he stated.

Posted by Alex Boardman