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Virtual servers will reach 18m by 2014 says experts

IDC and Kaspersky Lab says that virtualisation is currently in use on most new servers

Virtual servers will reach 18m by 2014 says experts
Virtualisation is currently in use on most new servers and in two years the number of virtual servers will reach 18 million.

Virtualisation is currently in use on most new servers and in two years the number of virtual servers will reach 18 million, twice the number of physical devices, according to new global market research by IDC and Kaspersky Lab.

The forecast, which looks at virtual server implementation to the year 2014, suggests that by 2013 two thirds of all corporate services and applications will work in a virtual environment.

Experts believe such rapid evolution is driven primarily by the advantages of the technology. 75% of the companies that already use virtualisation recognise it as truly valuable and are making virtualisation a priority in the development of their IT infrastructure, according to Kaspersky.

According to IDC, despite widespread virtualisation, protection for virtual environments is lagging behind. "Virtualisation benefits can overshadow security concerns," said Timur Faroukshin, IDC Consulting Director in Russia and CIS. "In addition, specialised solutions are new, and many customers aren't aware that a new approach is available, or what the shortcomings are of their imported legacy security solutions."

"IDC's analysis has fully confirmed the conclusions Kaspersky Lab made during its own survey of the GCC virtualisation market," added Vladimir Udalov, senior Corporate Product Marketing manager at Kaspersky Lab. "Although 61% of the companies surveyed have already implemented or are planning to implement virtualisation, only 7% of IT specialists have extensive and advanced experience to fully understand all the security risks in this area and to choose the right approach to protecting virtual environments. Moreover, 43% of specialists surveyed mistakenly believe that IT security risks are much lower in the virtual environment than in the physical one."

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