Q: What are customers telling you they want? A: We measure the rates of adoption in production. Last year it was 85 percent now it’s over 90 percent. We also ask to what extent people put applications into virtual machines, and that number stays steady in the mid-40s. The difference is that our customer base has doubled. We also ask what applications are going into VMs. Over 60 percent said enterprise applications such as ERP, SalesForce, and databases. High end applications such as transactional applications are not yet virtualised, especially since some are not on x86.
Because of today’s increased hardware performance, customers are not noticing any slight decrease in performance due to virtualisation. Also, people are saying that the flexibility they get far outweighs the virtualisation performance overhead. Also VMotion is being used by about 60 percent, HA and DRS by 42 percent, so it’s about more than just consolidation but it's gathering mainstream adoption. In the UK, the numbers are close to those of the US.
Q: Have we had the big wins with virtualisation - is the future just management? A: We're at the second innings of a nine-innings game. People say it’s a commodity which ignores the reality, which is that virtualisation incorporates the hardware -- there’s lots of innovation left with rich virtualisation applications.
There’s lots of innovation left in making industry standard servers work with the reliability of the mainframe and with a value proposition at the cost of industry standard hardware. For example, how do you make this dead simple to do disaster recovery if you’re an SMB, make it the best environment to run your desktop, automate software environments from end to end? There’s a lot of room to go.