Virtualisation use grows slowly in Europe

European businesses are slow to move towards virtualisation, even though awareness of the technology is growing. However, most US busineses have now embraced virtualisation, with more than half deploying or testing it.

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European businesses are slow to move towards virtualisation, even though awareness of the technology is growing. However, most US busineses have now embraced virtualisation, with more than half deploying or testing it.

That's according the latest findings from Forrester Research who found just 35 percent of European organisations looking at virtualisation. compared to 51 percent of their counterparts in the US.

Forrester compared results of a 2006 survey to a similar one in 2005 in which 41 percent of companies in North America were assessing the technology compared to 30 percent in Europe.

However, interest in or even just awareness of virtualisation grew in all geographic regions in 2006 from 2005. Awareness by Global 2000 large enterprises grew to 92 percent in 2006 from 87 percent in 2005. But awareness by medium-to-large business jumped to 86 percent from 60 percent, and by small-to-medium businesses to 83 percent from 62 percent.

Forrester surveyed 1,267 enterprises with more than 1,000 employees, and 503 SMBs with 100 to 999 employees for its report.

Original story by IDG news service

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