Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Datacenter virtualization only at 16%

At Gartner’s IT Symposium in Orlando this week, Gartner released the latest census on datacenter virtualization. According to Tom Bittman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, only 16 percent of workloads are running in virtual machines today, but this is expected to rise to around 50 percent of x86 architecture server workloads by the end of 2012. To help achieve the promised cost savings of virtualization, Gartner advocates a ‘start small, think big’ approach to virtualized server deployments that begins with a specific project but builds towards a wider strategic plan that includes management and process changes.

To help organizations put together better virtualization plans and prove the return on investment from deployments, Alinean has developed a tool for VMware deployments, available for free at:

http://www.vmware.com/files/elqNow/elqRedir.htm?ref=http://www.vmware.com/go/calculator

For those interested in Microsoft virtualization, Alinean’s assessment tool can be found at:
https://roianalyst.alinean.com/msft/AutoLogin.do?d=307025591178580657

The original Gartner announcement can be found at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Gartner-Says-16-Percent-of-bw-624642808.html?x=0&.v=1

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