Some SMBs not planning their virtualization deployments

Some SMBs not planning their virtualization deployments

March 1

The use of virtualization technology is gaining steam among many companies, including small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Although the solutions can help firms in a number of ways, successful deployments appear hard to come by for many SMBs, according to a recent survey conducted by Techaisle.

In an interview with InformationWeek, Techaisle analyst Anurag Agrawal explained that some SMBs are not enjoying successful virtualization deployments for a number of reasons. Some organizations simply lack enough trained personnel, while others have gone over budget or did not plan ahead effectively.

“Managing budgets is hard to do for an SMB as priorities constantly shift from capital investment to operating expenditures,” Agrawal told InformationWeek.

In order for SMBs to truly have successful virtualization deployments, vendor selection is crucial, according to Agrawal. SMBs that want to ensure a smooth transition and do not feel they are being given the proper support from their vendors may want to take their business elsewhere to see that the job is finished.

Virtualization, other technologies driving SMBs’ IT spending

SMBs no longer have to operate in the shadows as large enterprises take advantage of the most innovative technologies available. A survey conducted by Spiceworks found that the average annual budget among SMBs polled was $162,000 for 2012, growing $10,000 from the previous study. Organizations with one to 20 staff members allocated $1,900 for technology per employee, which was much greater than companies with more than 250 personnel.

The IT networking firm explained that many solutions, including virtualization, cloud computing and mobile devices like smartphones are influencing this development. Overall, nearly two-thirds of SMBs reported using server virtualization technology, while 23 percent said the same of desktop virtualization.

Spiceworks found that more than 60 percent of SMBs reported using cloud computing in some capacity, while nearly 60 percent currently support BYOD initiatives.

Jay Hallberg, co-founder and marketing vice president at Spiceworks, indicated that the increased tech spending among SMBs will have an even greater impact on the IT industry.

“The results of our research bode well for the industry as new technologies become more pervasive and prompt IT departments to make additional investments,” Hallberg said.

Certain industries may be struggling during the current economic crisis, but the tech sector continues to march forward. The fact that even small businesses are spending more for solutions should put IT in an enviable position.

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