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APAC sees surge in enterprise server virtualization

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:server virtualization? cloud computing? Ethernet fabric architecture?

Frost & Sullivan has released a research report that details the increasing adoption of server virtualization among enterprises in Asia Pacific. In fact, businesses are exploring the use of Ethernet fabric technology to further improve business operations and cost efficiency. This is according to the report that was commissioned by Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

The findings from "Think flat with Ethernet FabricCImportance of a Flat Network Architecture in Cloud Implementation" revealed that among the 328 IT decision-makers in APAC that were surveyed, two-thirds have adopted server virtualization. From this number, 46 percent are running production environments in virtual machines. More than a third of respondents said their organizations planned to pilot Ethernet fabric architecture in the next six months and 25 percent said they intended to do so within a year.

"What jumps out from this new report is just how fast Asia Pacific enterprises are now moving toward cloud computing architecture," stated John McHugh, chief marketing officer of Brocade. "They are certainly not all there yet but road-maps are in place and there is a high level of awareness about the issues they need to address. Creating a data center networking architecture that is simple, secure, flat and virtualized is a top priority for the region's IT decision makers."

With virtualization initiatives underway at most companies covered by the Frost & Sullivan survey, 35 percent of respondents said their organizations had adopted some form of cloud computing with private clouds more common than either the public or hybrid cloud delivery models. While software-as-a-service adoption has been steadily growing in APAC in the past decade, Frost & Sullivan's analysts found adoption of cloud-enabled infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service seeing a huge growth in the year.

"Rolling out cloud computing is complex, which is why it is recommended that organizations address the data center network challenges head on rather than waiting for bottlenecks to appear," noted Andrew Milroy, VP-ICT practice for Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific. "That means virtualizing the network layer, optimizing infrastructure through flat architecture, introducing VM-aware automation to enable elastic scaling, and pro-active management to maximize availability and minimize opex. We therefore see Ethernet fabric becoming the critical data center network technology due to its scalability, flatness and efficiency."





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