Data Center Management Tools Surveys Results

If you have never been to VMworld, especially in Las Vegas, then you need to understand the scope of the event. The user community, partners, and VMware employees provide a unique ecosphere of the totality of IT. Attendees are not here just for the hypervisor anymore. The draw is every major hardware and software vendor in the data center is taking part. This includes those offering cloud technologies and solutions for finding greater efficiencies in IT Operations.  Given this enriched arena of attendees and tools, we took the opportunity once again to dig into what is driving adoption of new technology, and what tools help to make these changes. We also wanted to know how the these technologies are used and the capabilities of the IT staff using them. This effort could only be achieved with a survey.

During VMworld, we offered attendees a chance to win prizes at the CloudPhysics booth in exchange for taking a short survey. (“Short” is in the eye of the beholder in this case). We asked 22 questions and fielded responses from over 1200 participants. We acquired a great sampling across the scope of attendees that generated truly meaningful statistics. These results and feedback are extremely useful. In short, this information proves that there is even more in the data center than previously assumed, and also that administrators are ill-prepared with the tools and technologies they currently possess for monitoring and diagnosing issues.

The results were eye opening. While this conference was dominated by VMware, it was clear that Hyper-V, KVM, and XEN are deployed in significant numbers across attendee environments. Over 50% of the survey respondents indicated they ran Hyper-V in addition to VMware vSphere, while half also ran KVM or XEN. No single hypervisor rules the data center any longer.

Beyond the hypervisor, nearly 50% of respondents indicated that they have major projects scheduled for 2017 that address public cloud and software-defined data centers. These initiatives reveal the challenges that organizations are about to encounter as they start to weigh the costs and strategy for migrating to these new paradigms.

Lastly, with the focus back on tools, we discovered that most organizations rely heavily on vCenter and vRealize Operations Manager, but they were unable to quickly identify and solve common problems for simple tasks across a broad range of resources. For example, finding Orphaned VMDK’s across datastores is a monumental task that most were unable to perform!  Even with multiple tools, the effort was still significant. Even more concerning, these same tools were often complex to implement and required three or more months before users were able to start finding measurable value. This is not the situation you want when your infrastructure is already complicated and distributed.

Take a look and see what you think about these results. We have made them available in a BrightTalk session this week. and you can now watch the recording here:  http://goo.gl/RLn4R9