Survey: CIOs not confident in managing virtual servers

Survey: CIOs not confident in managing virtual servers

More than half of CIOs surveyed by CA don't think their companies are doing an effective job managing virtual environments

A majority of CIOs consider managing their virtual server environments a critical priority, but more than half aren't confident they are doing it effectively, survey results show.

Management software maker CA this week released the results of its global virtualization management study that polled 300 CIOs and other top executives at companies worldwide to gauge how they are tackling virtual server management. The results show that while 54 per cent of large enterprise companies ranked management of their virtual server environment as a critical or high priority, less than half said they believed their companies were doing an effective job.

For instance, just 11 per cent of companies worldwide polled said they felt their approach to managing virtual environments was extremely effective. Thirty-four percent reported their approach was delivering above average results, and the remaining CIOs and IT executives polled face challenges or are uncertain of the effectiveness of their approach to managing virtual servers.

Among the challenges, security ranked as a top concern, cited by 42 per cent of CIOs polled. In addition, 40 per cent ranked managing diverse infrastructure as a significant challenge when managing virtual and physical assets. Optimizing systems utilization and load balancing tied with management, with 40 per cent saying it represents a significant challenge in a heterogeneous environment with both physical and virtual servers.

Virtualization platform vendors, established management software makers and management newcomers continue to flood the market with tools to manage virtual servers. But CA, which last year found companies saying virtualization ROI was difficult to quantify, says that managing multi-platform virtualized and physical environments will demand IT shops centralize management functions for the entire environment.

"IT executives must go beyond relying on an assortment of point platform-based management tools to one that centralizes virtual, physical and clustered environments," said Paula Daley, vice president of product marketing at CA.

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