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2008: CIO.com's Virtualization Survey

Some interesting things come on the surface here. Laurianne requested me to read it so I'll try to do full justice on the content/survey.


In a nut shell. That survey, like all the surveys is done on the web. I did one myself yesterday where I was approached by a research firms president "personally" (you know via his email that shot out across the web yesterday to $2 Million of you out there)

What I liked and agreed:

  • The consultant's need. Honing and grooming in-house dudes is good but did you address the HA recruitment/retention? Without that it is hard to say: "Oh we hired and trained..." and before you move on to the next question the respondent hasn't finished saying: "...and he left!"
  • DRP is very crucial as in security (which by the way was not addressed)
  • Organizational drama/in-house tussle is the big party-pooper. Yes it is! That is why I keep saying, CxOs need to not only look at the ROI but also commit actively.
  • Systems integration has to be addressed seriously!

What I disagree or think was not adequately addressed or was totally not mentioned, is:

  • Desktop virtualization is a drama and it is more needed than ever but the surveyed public got this at the end and just ticked the best choice away. And it is very contradictory with the statement "Not for servers anymore"
  • ROI = happiness. Really. Did you ask them about TCO/TCA?
  • Security (and CDS) not addressed, probably for the reason that the survey would become to hard to finish, I'm guessing.
  • Interoperability wasn't addressed, integration is fine but what exactly you mean by it? It can be lots of things
  • Globalization (and GDM component where virtualization can play a big role in CDP)and green initiative wasn't necessary? (While its a big concern in the corporate world and will only aggravate in 2008)
  • VaaS models or Outsouring data center not mentioned
  • Mobility was forgotten

I can go on and on. But as a whole this survey does tell us something, virtualization is here and CIOs did find time (if it wasn't the blue-eyed sysadmin who was filling on his behalf 8-)) to take part in the survey.

Here's the survey results

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