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Server virtualization is now a reality for most companies. 80 percent of companies report that they’ve virtualized more than 50 percent of all of their servers. And only 5 percent of companies report not having used virtualization at all. But, while server virtualization brings with it many benefits, it also brings along with it significant requirements for storage.
Eric Burgener, VP Product Management at Virsto Software, said that “unexpectedly high storage costs have delayed or derailed virtualization projects more than any other single issue.”
34 percent of organizations say that they totally underestimated the added costs related to storage that they would face after moving to server and desktop virtualization. Similarly, 28 percent of those organizations that built a private cloud deployment say that they also underestimated the additional storage that they’d require. Those are the results of a recent survey made by DataCore.
The DataCore report also found that organizations that have adopted virtualization have had to increase their storage budgets. But even after that, they still continue to report significant problems related to storage, including performance, bottlenecks, downtimes, and business continuity. In fact, 32 percent say that their storage infrastructure is slowing down their system performance. 32 percent also say that their systems have gone down due to storage-related problems. 23 percent say that challenges around managing storage infrastructure has made it more difficult to execute on efforts to ensure business continuity.
Another report by Quantum throws additional light on the problems IT shops are having with managing storage. 90 percent of organizations say that the introduction of virtualization has made the tasks of storage management and data backup more challenging. The Quantum report found that 41 percent of organizations using virtualization say that they are struggling with issues related to data growth. One quarter of companies find that it’s necessary to totally re-architect their storage infrastructure to support the demands of virtualization.