Interesting Survey Results on Behalf of Veeam

I’ve just read these stats on in an article called “IT departments lack visibility in virtualisation”.  They are from a survey “carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of VMware management solutions provider Veeam Software”.

  1. Nearly half (49%) of firms that use virtualisation say they have delays in resolving IT problems because of a lack of visibility into their whole IT infrastructure
  2. Forty five per cent of respondents also said that the lack of visibility is slowing down their organisation’s adoption of virtualisation
  3. Eighty per cent of respondents who currently use specialist tools but would prefer to use traditional enterprise-wide management tools
  4. Seventy-one per cent said they had difficulty doing so managing the VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors from a single console …
  5. … while 68% wanted a single dashboard for managing them both

The stats are quoted are from so please check out their site for IT news.

Let’s quickly deal with the stats one by one:

  1. Want visibility into your infrastructure?  I’m curious to see how VMware will accomplish that.  They make great virtualisation software but that’s where they stop.  On the other hand, Microsoft System Center will audit and report on your infrastructure hardware and software (Configuration Manager) and monitor your hardware and applications (Operations Manager).
  2. Use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, ideally combined with System Center, and you have (a) the tools to figure out what you have (b) figure out what your virtualisation infrastructure will be, and (c) do that conversion process.
  3. See System Center.  vSphere will give you great VMware virtualisation management.  But as anyone who really knows what private cloud computing is will tell you, the business doesn’t care about the infrastructure – they care about the business application that lives on top of it.  You need complete end-end and top-bottom management, including deployment, configuration, auditing, policy management, virtualisation, monitoring (traditional and client perspective), backup/recovery, and maybe even other things, covering everything from the network/hardware to the web app/database running on top of everything.
  4. Understandable.  VMware are adding Hyper-V support.  VMM 2008 R2 manages vSphere (but not all features).  VMM 2012 will add more vSphere support in addition to Xen.  But vSphere 5 isn’t far away.  I’ll be honest, I don’t think any management solution will have 100% feature management completeness of all virtualisation platforms, but maybe we can get close to it.
  5. See #4

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