• 74% of SMB IT Buyers are Planning Virtualization Projects

    Virtualization projects are on the SMB IT pro’s “top three” list for hardware project complexity, software project complexity and planned software spend for the first time ever. Virtualization debuted in the number two spot on the hardware list for project complexity with 35% of SMB IT pros saying so (after server upgrade, replacement or consolidation at 48%). This increase is 3x from the 11% reported in the last half of 2010. Virtualization also now ranks third (32%) behind backup/recovery (39%) and Active Directory/Exchange (36%) as an IT pro’s most complex planned software project.

    Three out of four SMB IT pros (74%) plan virtualization projects by midyear 2011. Over half (54%) of SMB IT professionals use virtualization today, holding steady with the 52% who were doing so by the mid-point of 2010. (Figure 4)

    Given 68% said in past surveys they planned to use virtualization by the end of 2010, it is no wonder we see 2011 project plans that reflect a backlog of work to deploy and expand virtualization use.

    Virtualization is clearly not just a fad among SMB IT pros any more. Of those using virtualization today, over half of SMB IT pros (54%) use it for core applications such as web servers and databases, up from 43% doing so in the first half of 2010. Another 25% plan to begin using it for core applications by mid-2011, making such core applications the single largest use for virtualization by midyear 2011.

    Reginald Herde is director of marketing at Austin, TX-based Spiceworks, the fastest growing IT social business network with 1.6 million SMB IT professionals who buy and manage $268 billion worth of technology products and services each year.  He can be reached at reginald@spiceworks.com.  To read the entire Voice of IT report, click here.  Follow Spiceworks on Twitter@SpiceWired.

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