This week DataCore Software’s Third Annual State of Virtualization Survey findings were published; 477 IT professionals from a broad range of industries participated in the survey conducted at the end of March 2013.
- Integration difficulties associated with Flash memory and solid state disks (SSDs) rank high among the factors discouraging organizations from applying these fast technologies to their most latency-sensitive virtualized business workloads and desktop virtualization (VDI) programs.
- One in two respondents said they are not planning to use Flash/SSD for their virtualization projects.
- When asked about what classes of storage they are using across their environments, nearly six in 10 respondents said they aren’t using Flash/SSD at all.
- Organizations are not flocking to public cloud storage in droves for their storage needs. Eight in 10 said they are not using any public cloud storage. This is particularly notable given the amount of recent attention devoted to public cloud options.
- 52 percent of those surveyed said storage accounted for more than 25 percent of their virtualization budget.
- Storage virtualization software use is growing.
- 44 percent of respondents said the disproportionate storage-related costs were a “serious obstacle” or “somewhat of an obstacle” preventing them from virtualizing more of their workloads. 42 percent of respondents said the same about performance degradation or inability to meet performance expectations.
- IT storage budgets are on a relatively tight leash in 2013 compared to 2012. More than half (51 percent) of respondents said their storage budget has remained stable, but 20 percent said their storage budget has been reduced, compared to just 14 percent in 2012. While 38 percent said their storage budget grew in 2012, only 30 percent said the same this year.
56 percent of respondents from organizations with less than 1,000 employees;
23 percent of respondents from organizations with 1,000 to 5,000 employees and;
21 percent of respondents from organizations with more than 5,000 employees.
Respondents represented a range of industries, including Financial Services (11 percent), Healthcare (12 percent), Government (13 percent), Manufacturing (15 percent), Education (13 percent) and IT services (14 percent). The average capacity managed by these organizations was 234 terabytes.
DataCore’s 2013 State of Virtualization Survey was conducted at the end of March 2013. The survey asked a series of questions about virtualization and its impact on storage.