Organisations are set to prioritise improvement in the backup and recovery process in 2012, according to results from CommVault's annual end-user virtualisation survey.
Findings from the report indicates acceleration in the adoption of server virtualisation as organisations of all sizes are trying to consolidate physical servers to cut costs, improve application management and streamline IT operations.
Re-evaluating protection strategies is the order of the day for organisations that are searching for a better way to protect, manage and recover their environments.
About 34 percent of the respondents agreed that their server environments were 75 percent - 100 percent virtualised. Eighty-five percent of those polled said VMware is their hypervisor platform of choice.
The need to improve cost savings through operational efficiency, reduction of capital expenditures related to hardware purchases or licensing acquisition costs, and improved ease of management were the top three reasons that encourage the adoption of server virtualisation.
Improving overall operational processes
About 18 percent of those surveyed intend to leverage virtual machine replication for disaster recovery and another 10 percent said they plan to improve overall operational processes in managing virtual environments.
An overwhelming majority (90 percent) said they prefer a single backup application for virtual and physical environments. Only 35 percent of respondents are backing up all of their virtual servers and about forty-three percent are relying only on backup copies as their disaster recovery plan.
CommVault's survey indicates that forty-three percent of respondents have already re-evaluated their data protection strategies as a result of their server virtualisation initiatives and 34 percent have plans for such a re-evaluation.
"There is no question that the adoption of server virtualisation technology continues to accelerate as more and more enterprise organisations consolidate their business-critical applications on VMs, reinforcing the need for a modern approach to data management," said David West, senior vice president of marketing and business development for CommVault.
"CommVault Simpana software delivers the ability to protect hundreds of VMs in minutes, scales to protect the largest virtual environments and gives customers more flexibility and control all from a single, unified platform."
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