Server virtualization catching on

According to recent research, more businesses are turning to virtualization to save on IT infrastructure costs.

Out of all new servers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009, 18% were virtualized, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker. That’s compared to 15.2% a year earlier.

The main driver for the increase: cost savings. Says IDC: “The recession affected datacenters across all geographies and consequently many organizations leveraged the consolidation benefits of virtual machine technology to lower short-term capital costs.”

Has your business moved toward server virtualization? What cost savings and other benefits have you seen? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • In our DataCentre we saw the major cost savings and the power savings in transitioning our servers to virtualization. I had a major power issues with running with 103 physical servers. We are at 4 host servers running 60 virtual servers and 33 physical servers at the moment. I wish we could fully go virtual but there are some hardware that needs to be installed in the physical servers. We are looking at migrating some of our root servers in AD to virtual of course keeping one or two physical, since we are going to Windows 2008.