As technology improves, businesses are changing the way they develop their IT infrastructure to minimize cost and maximize efficiency. A new report reinforces the idea that virtualization will continue to play a crucial role in corporate data management strategy.
TechTarget queried more than 1,100 IT managers in its Data Center and Reader’s Choice 2013 survey, finding that nearly 80 percent of respondents intend to expand their server virtualization efforts in the next year. Around 32 percent said they plan to keep their virtualization budget roughly the same in the next 12 months.
VMware remained the virtualization platform of choice for most respondents, with 47.6 percent saying they used VMware ESXi 5 or later. Microsoft Hyper-V (2.0) R2 was a distant second choice at 11.2 percent.
The TechTarget report offers IT managed services providers some perspective on how businesses plan to adapt their IT infrastructure and data management strategies in the coming months and years. Many turn to virtualization to take advantage of its operational benefits, which include improvements of up to 30 percent in areas like system downtime and upgrade and maintenance, according to a VMware survey.
Staying one step ahead of these trends is crucial if MSPs want to offer the answers to prospects’ potential pain points.
For example, businesses adopting a virtualized infrastructure will need flexible virtual BDR options to protect corporate information. The upshot here is that MSPs will benefit if they offer services and solutions – like VMware backup software - that support businesses’ virtualization efforts.