Virtualization is considered the key to more efficient and flexible IT landscapes, hardware and administration cost savings, and reduced energy and air conditioning costs. Undoubtedly, the topic has developed from the hype to the real market trend and has arrived in the data centers of the companies. The current studies of market researchers speak a clear language: The virtualization of server landscapes is in full swing. More than half of the servers sold this year will operate in virtualized infrastructures, IDC has determined. Similarly, according to calculations by Gartner analysts, the market for virtualization software is also set to grow strongly: spending is expected to increase by 55 percent in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, from 330 million last year to 512 million this year.
While investments are canceled or postponed in times of tight IT budgets, server virtualization hardly seems to be affected. A survey commissioned by Microsoft among 281 IT managers at German companies shows that even in the current difficult economic environment, 80 percent want to increase their spending if it can increase efficiency or achieve competitive advantages. Server virtualization and consolidation is considered the silver bullet: despite cutbacks in many areas, 43 percent of the IT experts surveyed want to invest more here, and only seven percent want to cut spending.
The advantages of virtualization can be read in the brochures of the providers of hardware and software as well as in the analyzes of market researchers and are essentially indisputable: cost advantages in terms of hardware and administration, reduced footprint and energy requirements for operation and cooling, simpler business -Continuity solutions, less downtime and a more flexible infrastructure that can be adapted faster and cheaper to market and business needs.