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New EMA Research on V12N Management

Enterprise Management Associates is certainly becoming one my first stops when looking for empirical evidence of what's happening in the virtualization management market, and, in particular, the responses of the mid- and top-tiers of the customer population.  In the newly announced results of a recent survey, EMA points to the newly realized perception that server virtualization in the datacenter doesn't necessarily impact costs or ease of management in the way that might have been promised.  In fact, they note that when it involves security, software control and distribution, or configuration in the datacenter, virtualization is perceived as making these functions more difficult for operations, administration and management.

Virtual servers present management challenges for midmarket firms

New research suggests that as a growing number of midmarket companies implement virtual servers, IT executives are finding major benefits and paybacks. But they're also discovering that virtualized environments are a lot more difficult and complex to manage than they anticipated.

An independent, CA Inc.-sponsored survey asked 300 top IT executives whether they had realized their primary virtualization objectives. Results were mixed: 63% of U.S. firms and 43% of firms worldwide reported that they had achieved easier hardware provisioning and software deployment through virtualization. Fifty-three percent of U.S. companies and 34% of companies worldwide reported that virtualization had enabled them to lower total cost of ownership. Only 37% of companies worldwide and 42% of U.S. firms reported being able to optimize performance on their virtualized platforms.

Behind these figures are management challenges that companies are only starting to recognize, let alone address, the surveys found. Only 24% of respondents to an Enterprise Management Associates Inc. survey of 627 corporate IT decision makers published last April said they thought virtualization makes security administration easier -- as compared with 42% in 2006. Just 32% said software control and distribution is easier in a virtualized environment, down from 58% two years ago. And configuration management numbers plummeted from 58% to 32%.   ...

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