September 02, 2009 13:34 ET

VMworld Survey Shows Performance Concerns Curtailing Virtualization Deployments for Mission-Critical Applications

26% of Respondents to the Virtual Instruments Survey Cite Performance as Primary Inhibitor; Five Times More Often Than Any Other Concern

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 2, 2009) - VMworld -- Virtual Instruments, a leader in virtual infrastructure optimization, today announced the results of a survey that found a growing adoption of virtualization for business critical applications and a high penetration of server virtualization in general. The results of the survey show 69% of respondents have deployed less than 50% of their business critical applications on virtual servers. The survey indicated that performance concerns were the main factor stopping increased deployment of virtualized business-critical applications and were cited as the primary concern five times more frequently than any other issue. The survey had over 200 participants and was conducted onsite during VMworld in San Francisco on September 1st.

The survey participants were also asked to identify the key secrets of virtualization they wish they had known before beginning their projects. The top two secrets are: (1) Plan for the potential negative application performance impacts of virtualization and (2) Be prepared for expanding requirements for storage systems monitoring.

Key findings of the survey include:

-- 26% of respondents cited performance as the primary reason inhibiting
   deployment of virtualized business critical applications
-- 89% of people were deploying their virtualization projects with a SAN
   -- 65% of those respondents are using Fibre Channel SANs as the primary
      storage for their virtualization deployments
-- 23% of participants have virtualized less than 10% of their business
   critical applications
-- 40% have virtualized between 11% and 50% of their business critical
-- 31% have virtualized more than 50% of their business critical
-- 39% have virtualized 50% or more of their physical servers

"Global 2000 companies are clearly motivated to virtualize business critical IO intensive applications," said Mark Urdahl, chief executive officer, Virtual Instruments. "Our findings indicate there is an essential requirement for performance monitoring and management solutions to enable companies to virtualize business critical applications with confidence."

CEO Mark Urdahl will be discussing how Virtual Instrument's VirtualWisdom is addressing these concerns at a VMworld "Infrastructure Performance Panel" session, on Thursday, September 3rd at 2:30pm at the Moscone Center. Virtual Instruments executives are available for interview at the company's booth #2521 or interviews can be arranged by calling Melissa Lang at (330) 401-9220.

About Virtual Instruments

Virtual Instruments offers the award-winning NetWisdom and VirtualWisdom virtual infrastructure optimization solutions that provide deep monitoring and analysis of how the virtualized IT infrastructure and SAN affect business-critical application performance. Customers such as Barclay's Card Services, Kaiser Permanente 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, 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
    (330) 401-9220
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