Gartner recently released a report indicating businesses are not taking advantage of server virtualization to the greatest extent possible.
According to Gartner, x86 servers, which represent 90 percent of the devices in businesses, are underutilized because businesses often assign each server a separate function. This leaves 80 percent to 90 percent of the server's space unused.
Through hosted virtual servers, however, businesses can freely scale server use based on their needs, maximizing productivity and efficiency as well as reducing costs. Virtual server hosting can provide businesses with customizable plans to meet their precise needs, assuring maximum value.
Gartner's report said 80 percent of organizations have a virtualization plan, but only 25 percent will have applied it to their servers by the end of 2010. This adoption rate is problematic, according to Gartner, as virtualization is quickly becoming a dominant technology.
"Virtualization will continue as the highest-impact issue challenging infrastructure and operations through 2015, changing how you manage, how and what you buy, how you deploy, how you plan and how you charge," Philip Dawson, research vice president at Gartner said.
A recent survey performed by IBM found virtualization to be among the most anticipated technologies in enterprise environments. The poll asked IBM customers to identify the technologies their companies were investing the most money and research in, and virtualization, with a focus on virtual servers, came out second on the list.