More than a third of surveyed IT companies were finding that cloud and virtualized computing options were “not operating as they should be,” according to Sean Derrington of Symantec, which performed the 3,700 manager survey.
Taking place over a broad net of 35 countries, the survey looked at the satisfaction that managers were finding from their array of virtualization and cloud services, as well as the concerns that they had about overall implementation.
Of those surveyed by Symantec, approximately one fourth had already implemented some form of virtualization, and another fourth is in the middle of getting these kinds of technologies up and running. Further, the last half was split between pilot projects and discussing and/or planning for the implementation of such services.
When the numbers were broken down, most of the respondents were satisfied with their server virtualization, but 33% were disappointed in storage, 32% in hybrid cloud computing and 37% in private storage. Private storage concerns revolved around scalability and security, along with the time taken to partition any new resources. Storage problems came mostly in the form of a lack of efficiency as well as a lack of reduced complexity.
Derrington states that one of the reasons for the gap in the expectations that IT managers have and the reality delivered by cloud and virtual services is in part because of virtualized environments themselves. The dynamic nature of such environments is such that they can have a serious impact on performance and availability, which in turn affects the promised performance that a provider advertises.
While the survey didn’t ask about specific platforms or services, it does represent a concern about the deployment of mission-critical applications on virtual servers and the possible repercussions of poor performance.