Survey reveals reticence on virtual server management

Poll of IT execs shows not all are happy with it

A majority of CIOs consider managing their virtual server environments a critical priority, but more than half aren't confident they are doing it effectively, survey results show.

Management software maker CA has released the results of a global virtualisation management study that polled 300 CIOs and other top executives at companies worldwide to gauge how they are tackling virtual server management. The results show that while 54% of large enterprise companies rank management of their virtual server environment as a critical or high priority, less than half believe they are doing an effective job.

For instance, just 11% of companies worldwide polled said they felt their approach to managing virtual environments was extremely effective. Thirty-four per cent reported their approach was delivering above-average results, and the remaining CIOs and IT executives polled face challenges or are uncertain of the effectiveness of their approach to managing virtual servers.

Among the challenges, security ranked as a top concern, cited by 42% of CIOs. In addition, 40% ranked managing diverse infrastructure as a significant challenge when managing virtual and physical assets. Optimising systems utilisation and load balancing ranked equally with management as a concern, with 40% of respondents saying it represents a significant challenge in a heterogeneous environment with both physical and virtual servers.

Virtualisation platform vendors, established management software makers and management newcomers continue to flood the market with tools to manage virtual servers. But CA says that managing multi-platform virtualised and physical environments will require IT shops to centralise management functions for the entire environment.

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