Virtualization Decisions 2011 Purchasing Intentions Survey

Driven by its disaster recovery and backup benefits, server virtualization use is still growing, according to TechTarget’s Virtualization Decisions 2011 Purchasing Intentions Survey results.

More than 500 IT professionals from around the world responded to the survey this year, sharing their current and future plans for server virtualization, desktop virtualization and cloud computing.

Sixty percent of respondents said they planned to expand their server virtualization deployments in 2011, up from 59% in 2010 and 55% the year before. And a whopping 99% of current virtualization users said the number of virtual machines in their shops has increased from last year. The top use cases for server virtualization deployments in 2011 are disaster recovery (36%) and backup and data protection (27%).

VMware has held on to its crown as the king of the server virtualization market, with 73% of respondents identifying some VMware offering as their primary platform. That’s down slightly from last year’s 76%, but second-place Microsoft has not capitalized. Just 13% of respondents named Hyper-V or Virtual Server as their primary platform, which was the same as last year.

Interest in desktop virtualization is growing, with 36% of respondents evaluating the technology this year, an increase from 27% in 2010. Actual deployments, however, are lagging. Nineteen percent of respondents had implemented desktop virtualization in 2010 or before, and only 14% are deploying the technology this year.

Private cloud computing is also catching on, with the planned deployment rate jumping from 14% last year to 32% this year. In addition, almost 17% of respondents have already built a private cloud.

The following articles analyze the results of TechTarget’s Virtualization Decisions 2011 Purchasing Intentions Survey and take a look at their real-world ramifications.

Table of contents:

Server virtualization

Physical servers live on longer than IT pros predict
Virtualization has become the default platform for numerous applications, but many IT shops still run workloads on physical servers. In the previous, two Virtualization Decisions surveys, respondents have predicted that their percentage of virtualized servers would increase over the next 12 months, but it hasn't panned out. There are many factors that have contributed to this trend -- most of which are logistical hurdles rather than technical ones.

Open source hypervisors on VMware shops’ radars
VMware has more virtualization features than the competition but it’s also more expensive. As a result, many IT shops are looking at open source hypervisors. These companies have found that other virtualization platforms have some kinks, but the performance is good enough.

Virtual desktops

With virtual desktops, one size does not fit all
IT shops use a variety of technologies to deliver virtual desktops to end users. For example, companies use VDI, application virtualization, Terminal Services and workstation virtualization -- just to name a few. These methods provide the benefits of virtual desktops and show that there are many paths to the same summit.

HP launches new zero client amid PC division turmoil
If things weren’t confusing enough, HP just launched a new zero client, even though its PC division is still in limbo. Despite the recent uncertainty, many enterprise IT shops use HP equipment -- in part, because of good service and support.

Server operating systems

Windows Server 2008 is future king but Windows Server 2003 rules now
Windows Server 2008 won’t usurp Windows Server 2003 any time soon. A whooping 73% of the respondents still deploy Windows Server 2003. Clearly, 32-bit applications are sticking around for a while.

Hardware for virtualization

Cisco UCS gaining serious steam
Virtualization users are flocking to Cisco’s UCS platform. Almost 20% of the respondents indicated that Cisco UCS was their platform of choice, up 12.3% from 2011. Clearly, UCS has made major strides, since being introduced in 2009.