LONDON, September 16. A survey of 257 of the UK's top IT managers has shown that virtualization and data security are top areas of focus for end 2010 and throughout 2011. The survey was carried out by IP EXPO 2010, Europe's largest end-to-end IT infrastructure event. Of the professionals surveyed, 88 percent rated data security as a key objective and spending priority for the coming year. This was closely followed by virtualization which was identified as a priority among 85.8 percent of respondents.
The survey demonstrates the strength of the IT managers' desire to adopt virtualization but also their reservations about the security of the technology and its ability to protect the sensitive data their companies hold. 57 percent of professionals surveyed believe that the roll-out of virtualization & cloud based technologies will need to wait until security guarantees can be demonstrated.
However this should not be seen as bad news for providers of virtualization solutions. Only three percent of respondents believe that security issues will entirely stop their business from adopting virtualization. 80 percent of respondents believe that virtualization will require a revision of enterprise security tools and procedures but 81 percent believe that as a result virtualization could in fact offer the opportunity to improve their business's overall data security.
Adam Malik, Content Director for Imago Techmedia commented "The data security issues surrounding virtualization are something the entire IT industry is coming together to address. The priority is to make sure that this ground breaking technology can meet the needs of companies of all sizes as well as some of the UK's highest risk legal and financial companies."
Lionel Wilson, IS Director of the Woodland Trust commented: "We have now virtualized almost all of the Woodland Trust's server estate as it offers new ways for us to meet challenges of improving hardware utilization and drive down costs while also reducing our environmental impact and significant reduction in energy use on these new systems by over 90 percent. This has been made possible through Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V and Dell's Blade architecture. Rather than paying for and running many under-utilized server machines, each dedicated to a specific workload, server virtualization has allowed us to rationalize the workload onto a smaller number of more fully-used machines. This necessitates fewer people to manage those computers, less space to house them, and fewer kilowatt hours of power to run them, all of which saves money.