Gabriel Consulting Finds Mixed Reaction to Virtualization, Public Cloud June 27, 2011,
Volume 160, Issue 5
Among the findings in the Gabriel Consulting Group's (GCG) fifth annual 2010-11 Unix Server Vendor Preference Survey is a certain degree of skepticism concerning cloud computing as a source of cost savings and a reduction in management effort. Some 306 enterprise data center managers responsible for data centers of all sizes responded to the survey, more than half of whom reported that meeting SLA commitments had become easier as a result of virtualization although fewer than half of the Unix users said virtualization has reduced their server management chores. The survey also revealed that less than one-third of enterprise Unix customers are using public clouds while half of the respondents are currently building their own private cloud infrastructure. Finally, half of the respondents reported the belief that the cloud will increase IT flexibility and speed, though less than half believe it will significantly reduce IT costs.