SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

September 14, 2010 12:08 ET

Aberdeen Releases New Research Into the Leading Practices for Virtualizing Enterprise Applications

Research Finds Those That Run All Applications on a Hypervisor Are Gaining the Most From Their Virtualization Programs

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  Aberdeen has found that companies that have deployed all their applications on hypervisors, even large enterprise applications, are gaining advantages over organizations that have not. Aberdeen's recent research report, Best-in-Class Practices for Virtualizing Microsoft Applications, shows that companies that use multiple hypervisors, have and use the advanced features of their management software, and utilize networked storage can reduce application downtime by as much as 40%. The report Best-in-Class Practices for Virtualizing Microsoft Application, announced today by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), features research based on a survey of the virtualization practices of over 100 worldwide companies. 

Aberdeen's research found:

  • While virtualization was originally deployed by organizations looking for server consolidation and infrastructure efficiency, improving application uptime and implementing disaster recovery is gaining increasing priority.
  • Leading organizations have virtualized most, if not all, of their applications. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of leading companies report running their most important, business critical applications on a hypervisor, while only 28% of lagging companies are doing so.
  • Flexibility is an important benefit of virtualization. More organizations are deploying multiple brands of hypervisors, value multi-protocol storage and using the rapid provisioning features of their management software.

"We believe the next 12 months will be strong for server virtualization initiatives," says Dick Csaplar, Senior Research Analyst and author of the study. "Respondents reported that 48% of their servers are virtualized today, but they plan to increase that to 68% in the next year. This, when combined with reported new deployments of Microsoft SharePoint 2010, SQL and Exchange 2010, means a strong increase in the number and percentage of applications that will be deployed on a virtualized platform."

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