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76% of corporations to deploy server virtualisation

December 3rd, 2006

Sunbelt Software (now part of Double-Take Software), the leading provider of Windows system administration tools and enterprise security solutions, today announced the results of its joint survey with US analyst house Yankee Group. The poll of 1,700 managers and executives worldwide revealed that three out of four businesses, regardless of size, already have or plan to deploy server virtualisation over the next

12 months.

Of the 76% of organisations that affirmed they will deploy virtualisation, nearly two-thirds, 62%, already have a virtualisation solution in place or are in the process of migrating, while another 21% indicated they will install server virtualisation within the next 12 months. Only 4% of respondents, ranging from the smallest SMBs with under 50 users to the largest multinational enterprises with 100,000+ end users, said they had no plans to install a virtualisation solution.

The benefits of virtualisation are apparent in that it allows businesses to turn a single server into multiple, virtual servers each of which operates as its own entity running different applications or even different operating systems in the same physical server. This saves money and crucial space in the data centre, which improves Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and creates a faster Return on Investment (ROI).

Furthermore, 50% of the 62% that have already deployed server virtualisation in a production environment indicated that they had already made attributable cost reductions from the server consolidation, including a reduction of software licenses and management time. Only 4% of respondents indicated that there were no TCO improvements, while only 9% had not seen any perceptible ROI.

90% of respondents stated that deploying server virtualisation technology was a positive experience and indicated that they were able to deploy the technology very quickly and efficiently. One-quarter had deployed virtualisation in a production data centre in one week or less; 18% had been up and running within one to two weeks; and 18% indicated they spent 2 weeks to one month deploying the technology. However, overall an impressive 61% had deployed server virtualisation solutions in under one month. 19% of companies said it took them from one to two months to deploy virtualisation; 9% reported a three to six month deployment cycle and 11% stated that it had taken longer than six months.

Two-thirds of the user population, 62%, had deployed server virtualisation as a one-to-many (multiple instances on one machine) compared with only 10% using server virtualisation as a many-to-one (grid or utility computing) solution. Storage virtualisation is in use at 20% of corporations while the remaining 14% had implemented it as a network virtualisation technology.

Reducing infrastructure costs was the primary reason cited by 43% of companies for installing the technology, followed by 18% of customers who said they chose virtualisation for easier, more flexible application deployment. 15% indicated they migrated to virtualisation to improve server utilisation rates. Another 12% said their primary reason for adopting server virtualisation was driven by the need to consolidate physical space, while 10% said their goal is faster server and application provisioning times.

Sunbelt and Yankee Group have ascertained that disaster recovery is on a par with “reducing infrastructure costs” as the chief reason that businesses choose to deploy server virtualisation in their data centers. Among the other survey highlights: – VMWare is the clear and convincing market leader. 45% are deploying or plan to use VMWare´s ESX, while another 10% will install VMWare´s GSX.

According to the survey results, VMWare has a total market share of 55%, which it should easily maintain over the next 12 to 15 months.

– Microsoft´s Virtual Server is second with 29% market share.

– All of the other server virtualisation solution providers including the open source XenSource, XenOptimizer built into Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SuSE are very small niche market solutions which each have only about 1% market share.

– To date, only 14% of businesses have not yet chosen a server virtualisation vendor.

– Although 50% of businesses indicated they had achieved TCO cost savings as a direct result of installing virtualisation technology, only 47% were able to quantify the amount of the cost reductions. A 53% majority said that they had either not yet attempted to calculate TCO savings or are unsure of how much had been saved. Of those companies that said they did save money, 10% said they cut TCO costs by 10% to 20%; 13% indicated they shaved their TCO costs by 20% to 30%; another 17% said their TCO costs declined by 30% to 75%, while 8% estimated they had achieved cost savings ranging from 50% to over 75%.

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