Latest 2012 Enterprise IT Survey Reveals Less Than 30 Percent of Organizations Believe Existing Tools Can Successfully Manage Cloud Performance Storms

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Xangati/ZK Research Study Shows 78% Concerned About Cloud’s Impact on Existing Apps; 74% Expect More from Hypervisor Automation; Microsoft Hyper-V Viewed as “Good Enough.”

“These survey findings are loud and clear. A next generation data center needs next generation management tools."

Xangati, the recognized leader in tracking performance storms for virtualization and cloud environments, and ZK Research, an IT consulting and research firm, today released findings from a joint survey covering the state of existing enterprise virtualization and cloud deployments, future plans, and the biggest challenges facing organizations in the implementation of these infrastructures. Conducted in July 2012 among more than 300 virtualization and IT admins and managers, the survey reveals alarming concerns about obstacles in assuring cloud performance, with a majority of respondents saying that increased virtualization density is dramatically impacting their ability to manage these evolving data centers.

In a related announcement, Xangati today also introduced new ‘storm-tracking’ capabilities integrated in its Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) suite to address these market changes. (See release here.)

“As organizations migrate to cloud-based models, performance storms create new challenges for successful deployment,” added Alan Robin, CEO of Xangati. “The cloud’s constantly fluctuating environment makes it difficult to identify the instantaneous performance shifts occurring across the infrastructure. As revealed in our survey, organizations are now recognizing the need for advanced tools that can deliver second-by-second cross-silo insights, so that they can move quickly and decisively to capture and resolve the source of the problem.”

Cross-Silo Storms Impede Cloud Performance Management
The Xangati/ZK Research survey highlights several key obstacles and concerns in managing cloud performance. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed indicate that increasing density has made performance management of the cloud more difficult, yet – adding to the problem – 60 percent state that their existing solutions are unable to provide live insights in identifying and remediating performance problems and only deliver “after-the-fact” analysis. Further compounding the problem, an even larger 74 percent say that vSphere/vCenter does not deliver the automated performance remediation they expected.

“These survey findings are loud and clear,” said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst, ZK Research. “A next generation data center needs next generation management tools. IT requires live insight into performance problems to confidently deliver and expand cloud-based data centers.”

Other specific findings include:

-- A huge 77 percent say they’re concerned about the effect of the cloud’s self-provisioning model on existing virtualized application performance;
-- More than 50 percent of respondents indicate that performance storms in their organizations can take over two hours to identify and last more than a day; and
-- One in four of those surveyed state that they have been forced to roll back an application from virtual to physical due to undiagnosed performance storms.

Responding to what’s needed and organizations’ plans for the future, the survey also showed that cloud infrastructures should not be managed as separate “islands,” with an overwhelming 94 percent of respondents saying that the cloud needs to be managed as a cross-silo endeavor among server, network and storage teams.

Contributing to overall concerns about managing performance storms were respondents’ perceptions about the unique characteristics of cloud storms as:

-- The most difficult problems to track down and resolve (28 percent);
-- Transient in nature (20 percent);
-- Fly “under the radar” of existing monitoring solutions (19 percent); and
-- Resulting from “the moving parts in a virtual environment” (12 percent).

Of those surveyed, nearly 75 percent indicate they would budget IT resources toward a solution to resolve cloud performance storms.

Survey Shows Hybrid Models are the Future of the Cloud
The survey also shows that as organizations move to the cloud, hybrid models are being increasingly adopted. Specifically, of the organizations surveyed, 40 percent are either evaluating Microsoft Hyper-V or already have it in production and/or test environments. The survey also revealed the following top three internal drivers for organizations’ hybrid plans:

-- A growing positive perception about Hyper-V being ‘good enough’ (27 percent);
-- VMware licensing/pricing (34 percent); and
-- A diversity model approach – using different hypervisors for different applications (17 percent).

Methodology
The findings were based on more than 300 online surveys, jointly deployed by Xangati and ZK Research and completed by virtualization and IT admins and managers in July 2012. Respondents were from organizations of varying sizes, with more than 50 percent in companies with one thousand employees or more. Additionally, 75 percent of those surveyed were in organizations with more than 50 percent server virtualization – representing a 10 percent increase in server virtualization from Xangati’s 2010 server virtualization survey.

To access the complete survey results, go to http://xangati.com/resources/surveys/

About Xangati
Xangati is the recognized leader in tracking performance storms for virtualization and cloud environments. The award-winning Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) suite of products includes the VI Dashboard for server virtualization, VDI Dashboard for desktop virtualization, and StormTracker™. XMD’s unparalleled in-memory computing architecture allows for a live and continuous awareness of the entire infrastructure end-to-end providing the ability to instantly identify and anticipate storms before they impact business user productivity.

Founded in 2006, Xangati, Inc. is a privately held company with corporate headquarters based in Cupertino, California. Xangati is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner and certified Citrix Ready Partner and has strategic technology partnerships with numerous other the leading data center infrastructure companies. For more information, visit http://www.xangati.com.

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