Most experts agree that moving to the cloud provides organizations with cost savings, flexibility and other efficiencies. At the same time, CEOs and CFOs are showing concerns with moving business-critical applications to the cloud fearing complications including reliability, security, availability and performance. Symantec recently commissioned a survey to examine how organizations plan to use virtualization and private and hybrid clouds in their computing environments amid these conflicting views. The 2011 Virtualization and Evolution to the Cloud survey is based on more than 3,700 respondents from 35 countries worldwide.
Our intentions were to observe how organizations plan to use or are already using virtualization and cloud. The survey looked at several aspects including server, client and storage virtualization, storage-as-a-service, and hybrid/private cloud technologies. We also aimed to uncover disparities between expectations and reality of the organizational change.
Key Findings Include:
- Seventy-five percent of organizations are discussing private and hybrid cloud deployments.
- Server virtualization projects were most successful, with only a 4 percent average gap between expected and realized goals. The biggest gaps occurred in scalability, reducing capital expenditures and reducing operating expenditures.
- The average shortfall in storage virtualization was 33 percent, with disappointments coming in agility, scalability and reducing operating expenditures.
- Respondents reported an average gap between expected and realized goals of 26 new endpoint/desktop virtualization. They cited disappointments in new endpoint deployment, application delivery and application compatibility.
- Seventy-seven percent of organizations are considering private Storage-as-a-Service, but these projects are challenging to implement and fall short of expectations by 37 percent. For example, complexity reduction was a goal for 84 percent of respondents, but reached by only 44 percent.
- Reliability (78 percent), security (76 percent) and performance (76 percent) are the main concerns cited about virtualization and hybrid cloud deployments.
- Only 33 percent of business-critical applications such as ERP, accounting and CRM are deployed in hybrid/private cloud environments.
- Of enterprises who are implementing virtualization, 59 percent plan to virtualize database applications in the next 12 months. Fifty-five percent plan to virtualize web applications, 47 percent plan to virtualize email and calendar applications and 41 percent plan to virtualize ERP applications.
Despite challenges, organizations are deploying these technologies and moving to a cloud computing future. Symantec offers recommendations to ensure the move is as smooth as possible.
- Ensure alignment between IT and executives in virtualization and cloud initiatives.
- Don’t operate in a silo when it comes to cloud computing.
- Leverage and modernize your existing infrastructure.
- Set realistic expectations and track your results.
For more information, read the press release.