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Mind the gap - Corporate IT Management Shortcomings

Yes, the survey was sponsored by a company that has a vested interest in the result. And, yes, the press release is designed to make you shake your head in shocked bewilderment. That doesn't mean it's not accurate. The management challenges "arising from hybrid physical and virtual infrastructures" are for-real problems -- arguably sufficiently scary enough to be a real barrier to the adoption of virtualization for production computing in a large number of corporate datacenters.

NetIQ: NetIQ Virtualization Survey Results Reflect Lack of Systems and Application Management Basics

HOUSTON – As the adoption rate of virtualization technology increases, organizations face new management challenges arising from hybrid physical and virtual infrastructures. While companies turn to virtualization to reduce IT expense and increase service capacity, a recent study conducted by NetIQ Corporation, an Attachmate business, revealed that very few companies are taking the necessary steps to extend systems management basics to ensure application performance, service availability and end user experience across this complex hybrid environment. As a result, they risk offsetting the many benefits and ultimate cost savings virtualization technology promises.

Comprised of feedback from over 1,000 respondents within more than 800 different government, enterprise and small-to-medium organizations worldwide, only 21 percent of 759 respondents currently deploying virtualization have any kind of systems management solution for their virtual infrastructure. Overall, survey responses demonstrate that:

* Approximately 27 percent are managing the performance and availability of their virtual systems with the same tools they utilize on their physical servers;
* Just 17 percent are simply monitoring the virtual hardware or the operating system; and
* Only 10 percent are proactively gauging end-user response time while 15 percent are simply considering it.

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