There was an interesting discussion today amongst some colleagues of mine. What is the industry average for the percent of corporate computing workloads that are virtualized? According to Gartner back in February, the estimated global virtualization penetration is expected to hit 20% in 2009 (it was 12% in 2008).
Of course the devil is always in the details. First, you have to correctly calculate your percentage virtualized. Second, are you counting all servers across your entire company or just those in your department? (i.e., Production IT, a Dev/Test group)
When I look at my client base, there are certain departments that are well above 20% virtualized. But, some of them are less than 20% virtualized company wide (assuming they even know how many servers they have across the entire company, those crafty buggers get good at hiding under desks…).
I thought it would be fun to run a highly un-scientific poll across my readers. How virtualized is your computing environment? To make it interesting, I’m going to break this down into two questions:
(Consider “Your Department” to be the group that you work for and have the most knowledge about)
Please vote in both polls and spread the word about this post, the more who vote, the more interesting the results will be…
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