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.
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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