Enterprises adopting virtualization more willingly, study says

In the past, organizations used to purchase single or multiple servers for each application. This would often result in low utilization rates, as the systems would usually sit idle when they were not being used. As the demand for fast-paced, efficient and non-expensive technologies grew in the private sector, companies began turning to cloud servers and virtualization to meet these requirements.

Server virtualization, in particular, recently hit a milestone in 2012, as the number of applications running in virtual environments reached 55 percent in April, according to a recent study by the Aberdeen Group. The report also found that roughly 23 percent of organizations have been deploying virtualization for more than five years, while only 13 percent said they have not yet begun implementing a virtualization project.

Furthermore, many firms are deploying advanced virtualization features to ensure operations continue at an efficient pace. In most cases, these include data center management software that can monitor application performance and reboot solutions on another virtual server if they slow down, as well as site manager recovery tools that enable IT departments to move groups of applications from one virtual data center to another, according to the Aberdeen Group.

"Enterprises now feel quite comfortable deploying virtualized servers," said Dick Csaplar, senior research analyst at Aberdeen Group, according to TechTarget.

Interestingly, even though virtualization technologies can dramatically enhance business continuity strategies, many companies are not doing what is necessary to ensure disaster recovery solutions keep up.

Disaster recovery slows down, despite virtualization uptick
The majority of organizations are using virtualization technologies for disaster recovery, as the tools provide make resources highly available. However, 66 percent of respondents said they upgrade their disaster recovery plans once a year, on an irregular basis or not at all, the Aberdeen Group reported.

A separate report by TechTarget said putting off disaster recovery plans can prove fatal for an organization, as most companies fail to continue operating functionally as little as one year after a significant incident.

As cloud computing and virtualization technologies mature, decision-makers should consider investing in the advanced services to enhance operations and improve their business continuity strategies. If a firm neglects to adapt to the changing private sector, it will find itself struggling to remain competitive.

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