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FCW : May 15, 2014
Sponsored Report On the surface it might seem that the benefits of virtu- alization for large government agencies are obvious, but they are broader and more far reach- ing than initially appears. With the adoption of virtualization tech- nologies spreading throughout federal government, virtualization is no longer an IT dream but a re- ality that is driving efficiency and savings in an austere budget era. The growing use of virtualiza- tion is reflected in a new survey of federal, state and local IT professionals by the 1105 Public Sector Media Group. The survey bears proof that the benefits of virtualization are well understood by government IT executives in- volved in the planning of key vir- tualization initiatives, particularly server and desktop virtualization. The survey revealed that the dominant virtualization deploy- ments across the federal, state and local levels of government are server virtualization (i.e., private cloud environment) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). A key finding of the survey is that 54 percent of respondents said that their agency has de- ployed a server virtualization initiative. Of those that have not yet deployed such an initiative, 23 percent said their agency is planning to do so within the next year, and 16 percent said their agency is investigating such a deployment. These days IT professionals are keenly aware that the practice of acquiring more hardware to keep pace with an agency’s expand- ing data processing needs is an untenable and unsustainable practice. This is reflected in the fact that 46 percent in the survey agreed that increasing their agen- cy’s data center infrastructure by deploying more powerful and expensive servers is no longer a viable strategy. As for VDI deployments, 48 percent of respondents indicated that their agency already has an active VDI deployment, 15 percent said that their agency is planning to do so within the next year, and 28 percent said their agency is investigating such a deployment. Beyond the obvious cost and data center consolidation ben- efits of server virtualization are other tangible benefits, accord- ing to the Aberdeen, a market research and consulting firm. Organizations using server virtu- alization can dramatically reduce their capital expenditures and cut their operational expenses because of lower power and cooling requirements, and also save on real estate occupied by data centers, according to the Aberdeen Group’s 2013 study, “Virtualization: Gateway to Busi- ness Continuity.” Less apparent benefits but nonetheless significant additional benefits from server virtualization are improved business con- tinuance and disaster recovery preparedness, as well as reduced application downtime, notes Ab- erdeen Group analysts. • FULL REPORT ONLINE, Go to FCW.com/ 2014VirtualizationPlaybook The future of the data center is software-defined Virtualization, increasing data drive innovation Agencies face daunting storage challenges Options abound for sharpening storage management Virtualization Playbook Research Report Articles VIRTUALIZATION PLAYBOOK Virtualization brings agencies a wealth of benefits Server virtualization still on the rise % of respondents saying their agency is undertaking or considering server virtualization/ private cloud migration Source: 1105 Public Sector Media Group study NO PLANS INVESTIGATING PLANNING TO DEPLOY WITHIN YEAR CURRENTLY DEPLOYED 7% 16% 23% 54%
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