The quest for those savings can be seen in the study’s findings about which technologies and trends are at the top of the list. Virtualization technologies represented the most significant technology/trend impacting data center investments in the next twelve months. Specifically, the survey found that server virtualization garnered the highest significance (48 percent) and that storage virtualization took second place (37 percent). Desktop virtualization came in at 34 percent.
Data center consolidation – another top trend designed to minimize costs, boost efficiencies, and improve capabilities – is ongoing. The study found that organizations still have physical data denter consolidation to do, with 19 percent saying that amount of work is significant and 40 percent saying that amount of work is moderate. When broken out by size, enterprise organizations said they have even more consolidation work to do: 23 percent said they have a significant amount of consolidation left and 48 percent said they have a moderate amount.
Another interesting finding is that the majority (58 percent) of survey participants still own and operate their own data centers. About a third, or 33 percent, outsource some, and only nine percent outsource all their data center operations.