SOURCE: Virtual Instruments

September 01, 2010 12:45 ET

Virtual Instruments Second Annual VMworld Survey Shows Server Virtualization Accelerating, but Performance Concerns Continue to Curtail Deployment of Virtualized Business-Critical Applications

Adoption of Private Cloud Computing Reaches 34%

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  VMworld -- Virtual Instruments, a leader in virtual infrastructure optimization, today announced the results of the company's second annual virtualization survey, which found a significant increase over last year in the adoption of virtualization for business-critical applications along with a marked increase in penetration of server virtualization in general. The survey also found adoption of private clouds is becoming mainstream among VMworld attendees. The survey had over 200 participants and was conducted onsite during VMworld in San Francisco on August 31st. 

Of the respondents, 58% have virtualized 50% or more of their physical servers, compared to 39% in 2009. A corresponding increase in the number of respondents implementing virtualization for business critical applications was not seen, with only 35% of respondents having 50% or more of their business critical applications on virtual servers, compared to 31% of respondents in 2009. Performance concerns were cited as the number one IT reason for not virtualizing more business critical applications. Support of company and senior IT leadership was the primary business-related reason.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • 48% cite performance as the #1 IT reason for not virtualizing more business critical applications. Security concerns were the #2 IT reason (32%)
  • 73% of participants have virtualized 30% or more of their physical servers
  • 58% of participants have virtualized 50% or more of their physical servers
  • 66% of respondents deploying SANs with VMware are using Fibre Channel SANs as the primary storage
  • 34% of respondents have implemented a private cloud architecture, with 23% planning to implement in the next 12 months
  • 43% of respondents have no current plans to implement private clouds

"Our results show companies are increasingly motivated to virtualize applications for cost savings and business agility reasons," said Len Rosenthal, vice-president of marketing, Virtual Instruments. "But, even with all the benefits of virtualization, performance concerns continue to be a significant stumbling block to virtualizing business critical applications, which are inherently I/O-intensive. Our findings indicate there remains an essential requirement for SAN I/O performance monitoring and optimization solutions that to enable companies to virtualize business critical applications with confidence."

Virtual Instruments executives are available for interview at the company's booth # 1612 or interviews can be arranged by calling Melissa Lang at (330) 401-9220.

About Virtual Instruments 
Virtual Instruments offers the award-winning VirtualWisdom virtual infrastructure optimization solution that provides deep monitoring and analysis of how the virtualized IT infrastructure and SAN affect business-critical application performance. Customers such as Barclay's Card Services, Unilever, Lloyd's Bank and McKesson Corp. achieve significant cost savings in virtualization and SAN deployments by optimizing utilization, performance and availability of IT resources. Leading system and storage vendors including IBM, HP, HDS, Dell and EMC leverage Virtual Instruments to design and optimize SAN solutions for enterprise customers. The company was founded in June 2008 via a spin-out from Finisar Corp. The company has headquarters in Scotts Valley, Calif., and can be found online at

Contact Information

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    Melissa Lang
    Voce Communications on behalf of Virtual Instruments
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