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IT Managers Still Struggling with Server Virtualization Technology

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According to a new survey, nearly 90 percent of IT decision makers struggle with backing up data in virtualized environments.

The research findings, released by Data protection and big data management company Quantum Corp., focus on server virtualization and indicate a slight (5 percent) increase in reported difficulty with backing up data compared to Quantum survey findings just a year and a half ago.

In addition, the survey revealed that data growth continues to be a challenge for IT managers who have implemented server virtualization. Despite the benefits of virtualization, 41 percent of respondents reported that it resulted in increased data growth, and 24 percent said they were forced to re-engineer existing storage environments for interoperability after adopting virtualization.

Server Virtualization Only one in 10 respondents indicated that server virtualization wasn’t difficult and 89 percent voiced a level of difficulty with the technology.

“The benefits of virtualization are well established, and more businesses are looking to extend these benefits to their environments,” said Robert Clark, senior vice president, Data Protection Group, Quantum.

“However, this survey shows that while organizations are adopting virtualization as part of their data center, they often run into unforeseen challenges with data protection. We’ve spent the past year creating solutions that simplify backup in virtual environments so organizations can take full advantage of the benefits of virtualization.”

Compared to Quantum’s 2010 survey, the latest survey results suggest that while fewer IT managers experience higher energy demands (21 percent versus 31 percent in 2010) and data bottlenecks (22 percent versus 30 percent in 2010) as a result of server virtualization, they are paying more in software costs to address these issues (25 percent versus 22 percent in 2010). Finally, one in four IT managers continue to experience backup problems at remote branches as a result of server virtualization.

According to Quantum, it contracted Toluna to conduct a survey of 500 IT decision makers at businesses with at least 100 employees. To be included in the survey, respondents were pre-screened to ensure they were involved with the data storage function at their organizations.

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