Virtualisation gains among European companies

European companies are increasingly adopting virtualisation and adding sophistication to their virtualised infrastructures, according to a new survey released by analyst house IDC.

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European companies are increasingly adopting virtualisation and adding sophistication to their virtualised infrastructures, according to a new survey released by analyst house IDC.

IDC's 2008 European Server Virtualisation Survey (partially sponsored by VMware) discovered a fast growth of virtualisation uptake and a wider range of applications being used. The survey was conducted among 650 European companies, with typical respondents including IT directors, server or storage managers, or CIOs. 64 percent of respondents had 1,000 plus employees.

The survey interviewed both companies that had, and had not, gone down the virtualisation route (roughly 50:50 according to IDC). It found that among those European companies employing virtualisation, VMware enjoys 82 percent of the market.

The survey also shows that the rate of new servers being virtualised by existing virtualisation users will increase from 35 percent in 2007 to 52 percent by 2009. In addition, 54 percent of companies surveyed who are not using virtualisation today, plan to do so in the next 12 months.

"35 percent is surprising," said Chris Ingle, consulting and research director for IDC's European Systems Group. "But more and more people are running applications in a virtualised environment. It is a high number, but it shows the level of adoption."

"The speed of adoption also surprised us," he admitted to Techworld. "We didn't expect it to be as strong as this survey reveals."

The survey also pinpointed the largest growth areas for virtualisation adoption, which are expected to be improved disaster recovery, backup capabilities and increased system availability.

"Customers are using virtualisation for more complex workloads, and using it for the adoption of backup, disaster recovery etc," said Ingle. "Sophistication is faster than what we saw in 2007."

89 percent of organisations said they used virtualisation to reduce their data centre costs; with respondents stating that using proven virtualisation technology was the most important criteria in deciding to go down the virtualisation route.

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