Virtualisation adoption remains a challenge; Red Hat
Red Hat research found cost pressures remain key challenge within enterprises
Red Hat research has discovered that that whilst virtualisation adoption remains on the rise within enterprises, cost pressures is a top concern.
The survey highlighted that hybrid cloud and Linux containers are popular, and that many respondents are using virtualisation to drive server consolidation, increase provisioning time, and provide infrastructure for developers to build and deploy applications.
According to the survey respondents, the top three benefits of virtualisation saw 55% rate faster server provisioning, 49% said overall cost benefits and 47% said server consolidation. Furthermore, respondents said the most important capabilities of virtualisation were reliability, high availability, performance and security and scalability.
Over the next two years, survey respondents indicated that they expect to increase both virtualised infrastructure and workloads by 18% and 20%, in terms of application mix. The most commonly virtualised workloads among respondents were web applications, including websites, web application servers, and databases.
The survey also revealed virtualisation usage starts early in an application's lifecycle as well, with 85% of respondents indicating that they develop on virtual machines, with another 61% stating they also deploy these applications on virtualised infrastructure.
Despite this, 40% of respondents called out budgets and costs as a key challenge, most likely due to migrating workloads and maintaining such networks. When asked what technologies they would deploy instead of virtualisation in two years, the big winners were private cloud and containers.
The survey captured virtualisation usage and trends from more than 900 enterprise IT administrators, systems architects and IT managers across geographic regions and industries.