DataCore Survey Suggests Companies Don’t Anticipate Impact Of Storage On Virtualization Project Costs

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A survey commissioned by DataCore (“The State of Virtualization”) finds that a majority of medium- and large-enterprise IT organizations overlook storage when implementing a virtualized operating environment.

The data reveals that nearly half of the respondents (43 percent) had not anticipated the impact that storage would have on their server and desktop virtualization costs or had not started a virtualization project because the storage-related costs “seem too high.” As a result, the rollout of their virtualization projects is delayed.

Of those that have deployed server virtualization, 66 percent cited a substantial increase in storage costs as the biggest problem they are facing. Nearly 40 percent say the storage infrastructure is either slowing application performance or limiting its availability, while more than 20 percent indicate that business continuity has become more difficult.

Over 56% now realize that consolidation creates I/O bottlenecks that prevent them from moving to the next level of virtualization.

The online survey of more than 450 medium- and large-enterprise IT organizations in the North America and Europe was conducted in January 2011. The survey asked a series of questions about virtualization and its impact on storage.

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