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United States : SMBs to deepen virtual infrastructure investments

June 1, 2014

Enterprise counterparts, many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) have virtualized part of their IT infrastructure, but there's a long way to go.

Slightly more than half, 53% of SMBs' workloads are virtualized. About one-third of SMBs (32%) have virtualized less than 40% of their workloads; they avoided virtualizing their most mission-critical applications, often because they don't have the staff to assess the implications of doing so.

The Forrester included 328 organizations in the US, the UK, France and Germany. The respondents included IT decision-makers with responsibility for virtualization projects; each received a small incentive to participate in late 2013.

On average, the survey respondents are running 16 virtual machines (VMs) per server; 44% of them ran 6 VMs or fewer. Almost three-quarters (71%) are growing their virtual infrastructure through additional virtual servers or through management tools.

Only 28% of the SMBs surveyed monitor their virtual capacity and only 24% meet their uptime service-level agreements. Management will definitely be a big theme of SMB virtualization investments over the short term.

Here are their most critical requirements for a virtualization monitoring or operations management solution:

- Alerting for health degradation, performance bottlenecks, and capacity shortfalls (39%)

- Root-cause analysis and remediation recommendations (30%)

- Single pane of glass to view the overall health, risk, and efficiency of the environment (26%)

- Self-learning analytics that recognize performance of a "normal environment" and reduce false alerting (24%)

- Capacity planning to optimize current usage and what-if analysis capabilities to forecast future capacity requirements (22%)

- Flexible operations policies with customizable dashboards and role-based access

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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