Business Continuity Key To Driving Virtualisation Adoption
IDC believes that a set of new challenges will emerge for the data centre managers as more established data centres in APJ take steps to migrate to the next-generation platform.
Traditional data centres have always viewed their security, efficiency and availability with paramount importance. This is evidenced by physical security and perimeter defense measures that have been put in place. However, IDC believes that a set of new challenges will emerge for the data centre managers as more established data centres in Asia/Pacific including Japan (APJ) take steps to migrate to the next-generation platform which is characterised more so by service-oriented applications running over a virtualised infrastructure.
"IDC has identified virtualisation as one of the key technologies underpinning the successful evolution of existing data centres to the next-generation platform. Server virtualisation is already gaining traction rapidly in Asia/Pacific, and the same trend is seen in the storage infrastructure space, albeit at a slower pace," said Willie Low, senior market analyst of IDC's Asia/Pacific Infrastructure Software research.
Results from IDC’s Asia/Pacific “Continuum” End User Survey 2007 shows that three of the top four management features or tools used in virtualised servers by data centre managers in Asia/Pacific are directly connected to business continuity and disaster recovery issues. These features or tools are security, maintenance and health monitoring, and systems recovery and backup/disaster recovery.
"The results clearly show that users have come to expect a suite of security and performance management tools to be available as they adopt virtualisation technology for their data centres. It is therefore pertinent that business continuity, disaster recovery and security management are built into the equation right at the very beginning when adopting virtualisation, especially as enterprises embark on their plans to upgrade to a next generation platform for their data centers," added Willie.
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