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Some SMBs failing to leverage virtualization

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Virtualization continues to be a popular technology among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). A new survey conducted by Techaisle, however, suggested that many SMBs' virtual environments fall well short of expectations due to several complications. The study found that 72 percent of firms said the solution is relevant to their operations, although 56 percent said it is difficult to understand, InformationWeek reported.

In an interview with the news source, Anurag Agrawal, analyst at Techaisle, said many SMBs simply lack enough planning or clear objectives, have inexperienced staff members or go over budget with their virtual deployments.

"Managing budgets is hard to do for an SMB as priorities constantly shift from capital investment to operating expenditures," Agrawal told InformationWeek.

All parties should be on board with virtualization projects
SMBs are not the only ones that should be doing all they can to ensure their virtual deployments are successful. According to Agrawal, vendors should also be involved in ensuring smooth migrations. If they are not, Agrawal told the news source, companies should look at other service providers.

Before adopting virtualization, SMBs should determine if the technology is compatible with its current hardware and applications. Techaisle found that 20 percent said this is an issue with their virtual environments, which Agrawal said needs to be addressed beforehand.

In many cases, SMBs implement virtualization solutions in phases, which can be attributed to costs and server consolidation, Agrawal told InformationWeek. However, Microsoft also contributes to this situation.

"Microsoft is the culprit here, [because it] allows its partners to give away its virtualization solutions that are built into its Windows Server," Agrawal told the news provider. "Once SMBs start to realize the benefits of the solution they add other areas from other vendors."

SMBs can take advantage of their size with virtualization
SMBs may lack the resources of larger companies, but they can still leverage virtualization to their advantage. According to TechNewsWorld's Ed Moyle, an SMB with only 1,000 virtual machines (VMs) can have a much easier time managing its virtual environments compared to a firm with 100,000, resulting in a smoother migration process.

SMBs planning to adopt virtualization should do the proper planning beforehand and ensure they have the resources available for a successful transition. Industry professionals encourage organizations to adopt database performance solutions to avoid any mishaps along the way. 

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