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Veeam V-index Q3 results are released

Desktop Virtualization and Hypervisor Purchasing Plans Added to Quarterly Survey

Columbus, Ohio, November 2, 2011 - Veeam Software, innovative provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management solutions for virtual datacenter environments, today released its quarterly V-index update. Hosted on www.V-index.com, the V-index is a free resource that tracks the penetration rate of virtualization across the server estates of large-scale enterprises. In order to provide further insights into key trends driving virtualization penetration, this quarter the V-index has been updated to include enterprise use of virtual desktop infrastructures and factors influencing changes in hypervisor purchasing.

“This latest release of the V-index data shows the trend toward the co-existence of hypervisor platforms,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO at Veeam Software. “This was further highlighted in two additional trends we decided to track in response to feedback from the wider virtualization community following the last V-index. Firstly, desktop virtualization is growing in relevance and many enterprises are opting for a range of solutions from key vendors. Next, greater choice in the market sees customers actively choosing to change purchasing patterns around virtualization.”

The top-level findings of the Q3 2011 V-index are below:

  • The current V-index Penetration Rate is 38.9%. This means that 38.9% of all servers within all of the enterprises surveyed were virtual and 86.5% of all enterprises are using virtualization to some degree.

  • The average perceived virtual machine to physical host consolidation ratio is 9:1, i.e. on average enterprises believe that each of their physical hosts is hosting 9 virtual machines. However, by calculating the ratio of virtual machines to physical hosts for each individual enterprise, the actual average consolidation ratio comes to just 5:1.

  • Of the enterprises using server virtualization 84% use VMware, 43% use Microsoft Hyper-V, 53% use Citrix Xen, and 16% use other hypervisors. Furthermore, of the enterprises using desktop virtualization 75% use VMware, 45% use Microsoft Hyper-V, 56% use Citrix, and 7% use other hypervisors.

  • 38% of enterprises using server virtualization, and 34% of those using desktop virtualization, intend to change their primary hypervisor over the next 12 months. The main concerns driving this for both types of virtualization are: concerns around costs; licensing models; and the features and maturity that other hypervisors can offer.

  • Enterprises have identified a number of barriers to increased virtualization penetration:

    • 36% cited concerns about reliability

    • 34% cited concerns around application performance

    • 33% cited concerns around backup and restoration

    • 32% cited the need to wait for a hardware refresh before deployment

    • 31% cited concerns around managing the virtual estate

  • 81% of enterprises using virtualization expect to see their virtualized server estate to increase in the next 12 months.

About the V-index

The V-index was performed in Q3 2011, surveying 578 large-scale enterprises across the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The study was performed by Vanson Bourne, an independent market research company.

About Veeam Software Veeam Software, an Elite VMware Technology Alliance Partner, develops innovative software to manage VMware vSphere. Veeam Backup & Replication with vPower provides advanced Virtualization-Powered Data Protection and is the #1 VM backup solution. Veeam nworks extends enterprise monitoring to VMware and includes the Veeam nworks Management Pack for VMware management in Microsoft System Center and the Veeam nworks Smart Plug-in for VMware management in HP Operations Manager. Veeam ONE provides a single solution to optimize the performance, configuration and utilization of vSphere environments and includes: Veeam Monitor for easy-to-deploy VMware monitoring; Veeam Reporter for VMware capacity planning, change tracking and documentation; and Veeam Business View for VMware business service management and categorization. Learn more about Veeam Software by visiting www.veeam.com.

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