Virtualisation may not aid utilisation

Poor server utilisation is proving a drain on enterprise resources, according to a survey by maker of IT efficiency software 1E. Three-quarters of server managers polled said at least 15% of their servers “are not doing anything useful”.

The survey found that 63% of companies rely on manual checks or trial and error, or wait until faults occur to find unused servers, while 75% said their ability to improve efficiency was hampered by their company’s level of IT service requirements.

Virtualisation – which can be used to improve server utilisation – can also be part of the problem: 65% of server managers polled said they have unused virtual servers, while 32% claimed to be actively trying to combat virtual server sprawl.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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