A research report commissioned by Dell and Intel® reveals general trends and attitudes towards server virtualization adoption in small businesses between different European countries with 41 percent of all the companies surveyed currently using the technology.
The report summarizes the views of 1,150 IT decision makers from companies with 100 or fewer employees in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. The report reveals key differences in adoption and attitudes among European countries, and between companies with fewer than 25 employees and businesses with 25-100 employees although shows that businesses perceived the benefits of server virtualization as more significant than the obstacles.
The report revealed that:
- Server virtualization adoption is not uniform between different sized companies and different countries.
- Server virtualization adoption is highest (54 percent) among organizations with 25-100 employees, while only 15 percent of companies with fewer than 25 employees currently deploy it.
- The UK and Benelux region lead the way with server virtualization adoption, with 41 and 43 percent of companies surveyed using the technology, while only 24 percent of Swiss companies use server virtualization, well below the European average.
- Larger small businesses see greater benefit from server virtualization, obstacles as less significant than companies with fewer than 25 employees.
The report showed that the top three benefits small businesses with 25-100 employees perceived as significant were “faster and cheaper back-up and recovery” (59 percent); “reduced total cost of ownership” (56 percent); and “simplifying maintenance without impacting computing power” (54 percent).
These same benefits were also the top three for companies with fewer than 25 employees, but a lower percentage of those companies rated them as significant (58, 46 and 44 percent, respectively).
Interestingly, the report revealed that companies with fewer than 25 employees understand server virtualization and its benefits less than their larger counterparts as well as seeing the potential obstacles preventing adoption as more critical.
The feeling that the company “might be too small to benefit from the economies of scale” was the top obstacle (56 percent), while “additional investment in enhanced back-up technology” followed second at 51 percent.
The UK had the highest percentage of respondents stating they are planning on deploying the technology in the future (33 percent), but also had the second highest number of companies with no knowledge of the benefits (33 percent), behind Switzerland at 34 percent.
Commenting on the report, Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA, Dell says that “while there is a noticeable difference between the adoption rates as companies increase in size, the results indicate that businesses of both size groups perceived the benefits of server virtualization as more significant than the obstacles.”
He continued by saying that “as businesses become increasingly reliant on technology, and become more educated in the innovations and benefits of server virtualization, we are sure to witness an increase in its deployment, enabling businesses to enhance their infrastructures and maximize efficiency.”