In today's business world, companies need to adopt the most innovative technologies to remain productive and competitive with rival firms. These needs are driving the deployment of cloud and virtualization technologies, as they both have the ability to enhance employee and network efficiency without forcing firms to spend exorbitant amounts of money.
A recent study by DataCore Software revealed that as companies continue to adopt cloud computing and virtualization, decision-makers are increasingly concerned with performance and data security issues than they are with the cost of the technologies. The report noted that nearly two-thirds of respondents said system downtime and slow performance was their primary virtualization concern, up from only 36 percent in 2011.
DataCore noted that even as companies invest in virtualization solutions, the problems associated with bottlenecks, data protection and performance continue to increase unabated. Thirty-two percent of respondents said their storage infrastructure slowed application performance, up from 26 percent in 2011. Another 32 percent said they experienced downtime due to storage problems, up from only 9 percent that said virtualization hindered availability in 2011.
Despite these issues, firms continue to invest in virtualization and private cloud technologies, as 80 percent of businesses said they have at least 50 percent of their servers virtualized, up from 64 percent in 2011.
"Rather than simply continuing to expand traditional storage solutions, IT managers would be well advised to consider addressing performance and downtime issues with a storage virtualization solution that enables them to apply a simplified management approach to manage their storage resources in a single, logical storage pool," Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Mark Peters said.
By deploying infrastructure testing applications, for example, IT departments can have real-time visibility into their networks to determine the cause of any bottlenecks or performance issues that arise.
Driven by the increased adoption of cloud computing, the cloud infrastructure testing market is poised to grow from generating $68 million in revenue in 2010 to more than $320 million by 2017, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan.
"Besides testing the cloud infrastructure for security, scalability and performance, enterprises also seek insights into the performance of applications hosted in the cloud environment," Frost & Sullivan senior research analyst Srihari Padmanabhan said.
As more organizations adopt cloud and virtualization technologies, it will be more important than ever that companies also deploy monitoring tools to ensure the virtual environments don't experience any data security or performance issues.
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