Virtualization is another technology that always seems to be "on the verge." In this latest survey, the verge has been nudged forward--not dramatically so, but enough to indicate that virtualization is establishing a beachhead in storage shops. When asked "Have you virtualized all or part of your installed storage?" only 43% of respondents said "No" vs. last spring's 61%. Among those who have virtualized, most are taking a cautious approach, with 23% having virtualized some of their file storage and 17% indicating the same for block storage. Those numbers are roughly in line with what was reported in the spring survey.
Buying plans for virtualization had some modest increases, with interest split among implementing virtualization in the network, on the array or at the server. It might not yet be the "year of storage virtualization," but we seem to be at least a few weeks closer.
This was first published in October 2007