Peter ffoulkes, Research Director for Servers and Cloud Computing
With all of the marketing and media activity surrounding cloud computing, sometimes known as ‘hype as a service’ to the more cynical among us, it would be tempting to think of server virtualization projects as somewhat passé, but in reality that is far from the case.
In the Wave 12 Servers and Virtualization Study we asked our commentators when they expected that their x86 infrastructure would be sufficiently virtualized. Just 32% responded that they would be done by the end of 2012, with a further 23% expecting to be completed by the end of 2013, leaving 45% plugging away throughout 2014 and beyond. Although we intentionally didn’t ask for the precise definition of the term ‘sufficiently virtualized,’ the majority of our respondents told us that their goals were between 80% and 90% of their x86 servers running a native hypervisor as the primary environment on top of the bare metal.
Consolidation, standardization and virtualization still dominate server projects
In Wave 13, virtualization-related projects were cited by 60% of respondents, just 12 points down from the 72% level in Wave 12 a year earlier. Private cloud projects and client virtualization projects are on the rise, mentioned by 15% and 14% respectively, and two to three times the levels in the prior survey, but it underscores the fact that the journey to the cloud is a long one and will take much longer than many people anticipate.
Anecdotal commentary illustrates the extent of resources being consumed by virtualization initiatives within TheInfoPro’s respondent community:
- “Continuing to push toward 85% or more of our servers virtualized by 2015.” – LE, Consumer Goods/Retail
- “Ninety-nine percent (99%) virtualized.” – LE, Energy/Utilities
- “Goal of 80% virtualized in the next year or so.” – LE, Education
- “Still a collapse of revenue management onto virtual hardware. Some of the physical hardware has been sitting in remote office, and it’s moving to a single platform and being virtualized.” – LE, Consumer Goods/Retail
- “Finishing up an initiative to virtualize all of our Oracle instances, moving them to Linux boxes being hosted by VMware.” – LE, Education
- “Big datacenter move to Denver. We are virtualizing as much as we can. We are 85% virtualized.” – LE, Financial Services