Virtualization Management Survey Report: Key Findings
As organizations move to optimize and automate their virtual environments, they face a wide array of virtualization management challenges. The FOCUS Research Series: Managing the Virtual Environment, of which this report is part, uses a taxonomy of virtualization management which covers key management areas identified by FOCUS. These areas include Virtual Machine (VM) Life Cycle Management and Provisioning, Capacity Management, Performance Management, Fault Management and Root Cause Analysis, Storage Management and Data Protection, and Security Management. Each area brings a set of requirements that IT must consider in order to develop a well-managed virtual infrastructure. This research series shows where user priorities are across these management areas, as well as user ratings on required features within each area.
FOCUS has asserted for several years that while server virtualization for consolidation provides immediate capital and operational returns, the biggest value comes from leveraging advanced management capabilities and automation for long-term savings. This FOCUS report of key findings presents the highlights of an end-user survey conducted in April 2009, outlining the current state of virtualization adoption, pain points, barriers to expansion, and management requirements.