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IDC: Virtualisation Marches on Despite Economic Headwind

  • 04 November, 2009 10:59

<p>Sydney, Australia, 4 November 2009. A depressed economy has done little to stifle the uptake of virtualisation in Australia, according to a new report from IDC.</p>
<p>In the report titled, Datacentres and Virtualisation: What is the Market Thinking?, IDC looks at what drove the market to adopt virtualisation, the current situation and the future outlook for the technology and the Australian marketplace.</p>
<p>Australia has the fastest uptake and penetration of server virtualisation in the Asia-Pacific region. Initial uptake of the technology was centred around server and operating system consolidation, however, many businesses are deploying virtualisation in more sophisticated roles such as desktop virtualisation, business continuity and disaster recovery. More recently this has extended to dynamic IT and internal cloud computing.</p>
<p>Technologies like virtualised, multicore blade chassis have increased the complexity of infrastructure. End users are finding this increase in complexity is driving them to adopt additional services to ensure business continuity and service levels are maintained. This is particularly disruptive in the Australian market place which is a text book example of a small and medium business driven economy. These small and medium sized businesses, do not have the same level of technical expertise that large enterprises have in their IT departments and are less able to keep up with the rapid increase technical intricacy.</p>
<p>The impact of this amplification in complexity is the need for many businesses to externally source skills to maintain their business systems. This translates into an increasing reliance on dependable service arrangements with increasing levels of coverage.</p>
<p>"While virtualisation is the darling of the infrastructure market, questions are being raised about its suitability for mission critical computing. The fundamental driver behind virtualisation has been to increase server utilisation, however, research shows that in virtualised environments, as utilisation increases, stability decreases," said Matthew Oostveen, Services Research Manager at IDC.</p>
<p>“Old habits die hard. Server virtualisation requires CIOs to remain vigilant with the acquisition of new server infrastructure and not return to the buying patterns of old which caused the oversupply of underutilised servers.”</p>
<p>"One thing is certain, in a lacklustre economy virtualisation activity has continued and helped increase the average selling value of servers. Servers destined for virtualised environments are more richly configured and of a higher spec than non-virtualised counterparts," concludes Oostveen.</p>
<p>On IDC’s website, this media release refers to document: #AU224102S, Datacentres and Virtualisation: What is the Market Thinking?</p>
<p>For further information on the findings contained in this report or to request an analyst briefing on this topic, please contact Sally Taylor-Phillips, Marketing Communications Manager at IDC on +61 2 9925 2234 or e-mail</p>

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