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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Business Value Of Virtualization

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of

In May 2009, VMware commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the business value of x86
server virtualization. In particular, Forrester interviewed individuals responsible for the IT
infrastructure architecture, including VP and C-level individuals, at 29 large enterprises about why
their company invested in virtualization and the specific ways it has improved IT efficiency or
flexibility. In particular, they asked executives to rate the benefits received from consolidating servers, performing business continuity/disaster recovery, reclaiming data center capacity, and executing similar initiatives.

Key Findings

Based on our executive interviews, Forrester found that server virtualization technologies have
delivered benefits that executives could clearly explain. Overall, Forrester found that:
  •  IT becomes more efficient. Beyond just hardware savings from consolidation,
virtualization optimizes infrastructure costs and increases operational efficiency. Plus, firms
were able to reclaim capacity (space, power, and cooling) in their data centers, postponing
costly expansion plans.
  •  Time-to-market is faster. Virtualization speeds server and application deployment, makes
configurations more consistent, and simplifies the staging of applications across test and
  • IT services are more predictable. There will always be failures and downtime, but
virtualization makes recovery from these faster, easier, and lower cost.
  •  Companies leave savings on the table. Overall, our study respondents virtualized
between 10% and 30% of their physical servers and are happy with the results. Despite
having achieved rapid return on investment through hardware savings, firms appear to slow
down after their initial successes, with many planning to virtualize just 50% of their systems.
Upfront planning can result in increased long-term savings.

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1 comment:

  1. For a bit of light relief you might like this cartoon about a disaster recovery plan.