Virtualization has been a rising technology for years, with more IT managed services providers supporting its adoption in businesses everywhere. A recent study from Cisco Systems, which surveyed IT managers, directors and CIOs of small and medium-sized businesses, noted that virtualization growth is set to increase in the coming months and years.
Widespread, but not dominant
According to the study, 77 percent of respondents are using virtualization in some form in their organizations. Furthermore, of this percentage, 71 percent said they expect their firms to increase the allocation of budget dollars toward virtualization by approximately 20 percent.
Larger enterprises have led the way in terms of adoption. In fact, 80 percent of firms with 100 to 500 employees have already cordoned off a portion of their budgets for virtualization investments. This number drops, however, to 50 percent for firms with fewer than 100 employees.
Fortunately, the benefits virtualization provides are leading to this increase in use. For example, the study found that 91 percent of the companies that have engaged with virtualization said it has provided them a competitive edge over those who have yet to jump onboard. The main advantages cited were efficiency and cost reduction (91 percent), as well as improved system scalability (61 percent).
How can this trend benefit solutions providers?
This is good news for the channel because it means greater opportunity to offer virtualization-led solutions, like VMware backup and recovery to support SMBs that use that platform as their primary server virtualization solution.
In a recent post, The VAR Guy pointed out that the adoption of virtualization will likely proceed at a slow pace and pick up once companies gain confidence in the technology.
"No organization goes completely virtual out of the gate. It's a step-by-step process based on successes," said The VAR Guy. "So as they see their technology investments pay off, companies are more willing to port over more of their IT functions such as applications and operating systems to a virtual computing environment."
Recently, VMware has made more investments virtualization technology to support expected growth, especially when it comes to the power of the desktop, GigaOM reported. The company purchased Desktone, a desktop virtualization vendor, earlier this month, signaling to channel firms that it's time for them to take a few more steps toward this solution.