Region slow to adopt virtualisation

Less than 5% of companies have already deployed virtualisation, survey shows

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Region slow to adopt virtualisation Once companies start virtualisation, they can gain the benefits very quickly, says Giesa.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 4, 2010

Companies in the Middle East are slow to adopt virtualisation, according to new research, with under 5% of companies having actually implemented virtualisation initiatives so far.

According to a survey of 80 CIOs and senior managers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, carried out for vendor F5 Networks, while 75% of those surveyed are interested in virtualisation, and 62% have mapped out potential projects, only one third have started implementing virtualisation infrastructure, and 4.4% have actually delivered virtualisation solutions.

The uptake of cloud computing projects is even less, with half expressing an interest in cloud, but only one of the respondents having actually established a cloud project.

Many of those surveyed faced declining budgets and are under pressure to optimize their IT infrastructures, yet spending was mainly focused on new applications and enhancements, disaster recovery and business continuity before data centre consolidation and virtualisation.

Erik Giesa, vice president for Product Management at F5 said that while the adoption rate is low compared to North America, it was on a par with other marketing Europe and Asia, and that once companies begin virtualisation projects they will soon see the return on investment.

"Once they do a pilot and they see how easy it is to clone, move, spool up a virtual machine, to go from bare metal to running production application, it is like wildfire, and then the real innovation starts," Giesa said. "They can start doing all sorts of activities, up to full data centre automation. The timeline is actually very short, once they have a successful POC, and they have their practices down, the timeline can be under 12 months."

Giesa said that F5's vision of unified application and data delivery, puts it in a good position to help companies in all stages of virtualisation projects, to leverage benefits such as greater automation and reduced costs.

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