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35% of GCC countries using virtual servers

Kaspersky Lab research shows that 26% of companies plan to implement virtualisation within the year

According to a report by Kaspersky Lab, 35% of companies in the GCC region have implemented virtualisation.
According to a report by Kaspersky Lab, 35% of companies in the GCC region have implemented virtualisation.

Thirty-five percent of companies in the GCC are already using virtual servers, and 26% intend to start using them within the year, according to the results of a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab in the run-up to the launch of its new corporate security solution for virtual environments.

According to Kaspersky Lab, companies in the GCC mostly apply virtualisation technologies to their databases, email and financial management applications. According to the survey, 71% of the services which have been virtualised are business-critical.

"Virtualisation technologies are now at the peak of their development and have already reached sufficient maturity to allow companies to virtualise their most important business applications & servers, storing and processing their confidential data on virtual machines. This calls for high standards in both the performance and security of the virtual infrastructure. Traditional security technologies are not always able to provide such a balance so we advise companies to pay attention to specific solutions specially designed for virtual environments," said Vladimir Udalov, senior corporate Product Marketing manager at Kaspersky Lab.

Despite the rapid growth of virtualisation, 21% of the GCC IT specialists surveyed told us that they had only basic knowledge in virtualisation and only 7% of respondents regarded themselves as experts with extensive knowledge, while in the USA this figure is 38%.

However, the survey shows that GCC countries have been using virtualisation technologies for an average of two years, which matches global figures.

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