Virtualization: IT’s top priority in 2012

The explosion in the amount of data generated by companies and on-ongoing pressures to cut costs will lead many organizations to adopt server virtualization in 2012, according to a recent survey. 

Virtualization and server consolidation are the top priorities this year for 40% of IT managers, according to a survey conducted by IDC. That was the top choice, followed by:

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Collaboration tools
  3. Business analytics, and
  4. Consolidation of application portfolios.

The top two choices, virtualization and cloud computing, show most IT organizations are concerned with reducing IT complexity, according to IDC’s analysis. The research firm also predicts organizations will invest more in tools to help deal with “big data,” the huge sets of information businesses must now store and process.

Businesses will use the money saved by virtualizing servers and switching to cloud services to invest in data analytics, as well as mobile technology and social networking for business, according to IDC.

What are your organization’s IT priorities for 2012? Let us know in the comments section below.

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