The virtualisation journey has begun

Companies today are generally virtualising 20-30% of their hardware says Gartner

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The virtualisation journey has begun Biswajeet Mahapatra from Gartner says that companies must now go to the cloud to stay ahead of the game.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 31, 2013

Most companies today are virtualising 20-30% of their hardware, they start out with virtualising their test and development environments, something that is non-critical to business. Then with time they move into virtualising infrastructure applications, then after a few years they start virtualising their core applications, according to Biswajeet Mahapatra, research director, at analyst firm Gartner.

“Companies are worried in the beginning of the virtualisation journey, so they take it gradually in a step by step manner,” said Mahapatra. “There is huge space in the market left for companies to go into a completely virtualised environment, and it is a must-have in order to keep costs down, and to keep energy costs down.”

Efficiency automation and availability are just three of the major business benefits of virtualisation, but these can only be achieved if security and compliance concerns are taken care of.

Virtualisation, with its benefits and cost savings causes major security issues for CIOs because virtual servers and workloads can live anywhere, can be moved from one virtual infrastructure to another and from one data centre to a location somewhere in the cloud.

“One of the main security concerns with virtualisation is that virtual servers are really very easy to copy and then very easy to steal and very easy to move to another location, you can have multiple instances of the exact same machine, multiple snapshots, multiple backups thereby exposing your infrastructure at an exponential rate,” said Mahapatra.

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