Virtualization, Already a Reality in Hosting

Virtualization, Already a Reality in Hosting, Virtualization is sweeping across areas where IT and the Web are at the heart of business activity. But what about accommodation? Update with Markess International.

Virtualization, Already a Reality in Hosting

Virtualization… This technique, which consists of running several operating systems and/or several applications on a single machine, separately from each other, as if they were running on separate physical machines, is becoming increasingly popular in areas where IT and the Web are at the heart of business activity. And for good reason. This system allows flexibility and responsiveness to IT needs hitherto unmatched. But what about accommodation, which alone can represent 15 to 25% of their budget? According to the research and consulting firm Markess International, which has just conducted a survey on the subject among 150 companies, this item is no exception to the trend (see methodology). On the contrary, this practice is already a reality. In 2009, 56% of the 150 managers surveyed said that they had already used virtualization in the area of ​​hosting their IT infrastructures and applications. In this case, virtualization consists of dividing a server into several independent virtual servers, each having the characteristics of a dedicated server. be done by 2011. In total, only 9% of people questioned say they are not interested in it and 5% say they do not know what this technique is. However, not all areas are affected in the same way by virtualization. Companies focus above all on virtualizing their servers (90% of them). They are now working on storage environments with the aim of better controlling their data volumes (54%). The virtualization of workstations and that of application environments is less of a priority (32% and 30% of organizations), but prefigures, at least for applications, one form or another of evolution towards PaaS (Platform as a Service) .Why such an interest ? The reason is above all budgetary. For 55% of companies, it is a question of lowering costs. Immediately after, they cite the need to manage and administer their IT environment (45%) and their servers (40%) more efficiently, and then to guarantee the continuity of their business by optimizing business continuity plans ( PCA) or disaster recovery (41%). Finally, the use of virtual machines to adapt more easily to the evolution of their activity at a time T and to their application load comes last with 26% of the declarations. A dynamic which in the current context therefore has strong likely to persist, or even increase. An opportunity no doubt for new players. Find out moreThis survey was conducted between June and September 2009 by Markess International. This is based on interviews with 150 managers and decision-makers from public and private organizations based in France, divided into the following sectors: 29% IT/Telecoms, 19% public sector, 15% banking/insurance, 13% industry, 6 % retail, 18% other. 37% represented companies with more than 2,000 employees, 24% companies with between 250 and 1,999 employees and 39% structures with less than 250 employees. In addition, there are interviews with 23 service providers active in the hosting and cloud computing services market, including 38% hosts, 22% SSII integrators, 13% manufacturers, 9% SaaS solution providers. , 9% telecom operators and 9% other. Download the summary of the study.

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