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Virtualisation top of SME IT spend

Virtualisation top of SME IT spend

A global study of over 3 000 SME IT professionals has revealed that many plan to increase IT spending in the second half of this year, says Computer Weekly

Virtualisation technology and investments that optimise existing resources are their top IT priorities. The survey, from IT management software supplier Spiceworks, found SMEs will spend an average of $121 000 in the second half of this year. This compares to $117 200 in the first six months of the year.

A significant 68% of SME IT professionals plan to use virtulalisation technology by the end of 2010. Just over half of these SME IT executives currently use virtualisation, an increase from 44% at the beginning of the year.

Virtualisation adopters re-embrace physical servers

Some organisations are ditching virtual servers and moving back to physical servers because of performance issues around memory and CPU capabilities, states Computing.co.uk.

This is according to Andy Brewerton, senior director of business development at CA Technologies, in conversation with Computing at the 360 IT Infrastructure Event at Earls Court. Brewerton explained that this trend tended to apply to early adopters of virtualisation.

"[These organisations] did not scale their virtualisation requirement in the same way as later entrants," said Brewerton. "Some organisations sized the virtual environment to cope with a specific database, which then grew beyond expectations. We're consequently seeing a lot of demand for migration back from virtual to physical," he added.

Virsto improves Microsoft virtualisation support

Data storage virtualisation startup Virsto says it has increased I/O performance for Microsoft Hyper-V R2 environments and joined the Microsoft System Centre Alliance to allow better product support, reports eWeek.

Back in February, startup Virsto introduced both itself and a new brand of storage virtualisation software, a product the company promised would allow better control of random data flow threads inside virtualised systems.

After all, storage administrators were finding out all too often that hypervisors were not only providing virtualisation advantages, but also causing irritating storage I/O bottlenecks. Plus, the virtual machines being created, increasing the density of the VM farm, presented even more control problems.

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