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The State of the Virtualized Data Center

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We asked more than 200 IT decision makers across numerous industries about their progress with virtualization across their infrastructure.

We asked more than 200 IT decision makers across numerous industries about their progress with virtualization across their infrastructure.

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  • 1. THESTATEOFTHE VIRTUALIZEDDATACENTER We asked more than 200 IT decision makers across numerous industries about their progress with virtualization across their infrastructure. REPORT FULL OR PERVASIVE VIRTUALIZATION AT THEIR ORGANIZATIONS56% THE BIG PICTURE EFFICIENCIES IN THE DATA CENTER & NETWORK CONTINUE Organizations are continuing to try to reduce costs, simplify, and improve efficiencies. While some initiatives show progress with full deployment, there remain areas of opportunity. CENTRALIZED APPLICATIONS IN FEWER DATA CENTERS34% CONSOLIDATED SERVERS AND MIGRATED TO VIRTUAL RESOURCES46% INCREASED THE EFFICIENCY OF DATA CENTER STORAGE26% FLATTENED THE DATA CENTER NETWORK TO ACCOMMODATE MORE SERVER-TO-SERVER TRAFFIC 24% Virtualization OPTIMIZING THE ORGANIZATION TO CAPITALIZE ON NEW IT INFRASTRUCTURE 72%UP FROM 67% IN 2011 AND 64% IN 2010 Moving from brittle tech computing silos consisting of applications/compute/ storage to flexible, network-based utility computing/cloud services is critical if IT is to enable corporate agility THESE ARE THE FACTORS DRIVING THEIR INVESTMENTS IN VIRTUALIZATION: BUSINESS CONTINUITY/ DISASTER RECOVERY 63% IMPROVING APPLICATION PERFORMANCE AND AGILITY 57% NATURAL REFRESH CYCLE 45% NEW SERVICES AND APPLICATIONS DEPLOYED 44% NETWORK/DATA CENTER INITIATIVES These are IT leaders’ plans for data center network investments in virtualization $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $$ $ $ $ $ $$ $ $ $ $ Investigating what direction to take CONVERGED I/O FABRIC (CONSOLIDATING ALL I/O TRAFFIC TO ONE SHARED, VIRTUALIZED CONNECTION) 39% DESKTOP/STORAGE/ NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION 51% CONSOLIDATING SERVERS AND MIGRATING TO VIRTUAL RESOURCES 35% VIRTUALIZATION OF SYSTEMS SUPPORTING TIER 1 APPS 41% INVESTIGATING OR PLANNING ROLLOUT IN NEXT 3 YEARS $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ BUT COMPLEX NETWORKS ARE HOLDING BACK VIRTUALIZATION IN THESE AREAS STORAGE VIRTUALIZATION53% VIRTUALIZING THE NETWORK ITSELF57% APPLICATION VIRTUALIZATION53% SERVER VIRTUALIZATION50% TAKING ACTION HAVE PLANS TO CHANGE THE IT STRUCTURE TO ACCELERATE VIRTUALIZA- TION AND CLOUD50% NEARLY 3% 37% 20% 7% OTHER CREATING A NEW IT TEAM CONSOLIDATING/ MERGING IT CREATING OTHER NEW IT NEARLY ALL RESPONDENTS REPORT BUSINESS CONTINUITY/DISASTER RECOVERY IS A CONSIDERATION WHEN PLANNING NETWORK CHANGES OR UPGRADES ARE PLANNING TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT OR MODERATE CHANGES OR UPGRADES TO THE NETWORK 56% Aspects of business continuity/disaster recovery taken into consideration when planning network changes or upgrades: NETWORK AVAILABILITY NETWORK SECURITY USER CONNECTIVITY 85% 74% 64% 39% 36% 17% MODERATE CHANGES TO SUPPORT VIRTUALIZATION MINIMAL CHANGES 2% PLANNING TO VIRTUALIZE THE ENTIRE NETWORK SIGNIFICANT CHANGES LEGACY INFRASTRUCTURE42% WHAT’S IMPEDING BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY? NETWORK SECURITY IS AN UPFRONT CONSIDERATION WHEN IMPLEMENTING NEW NETWORK TECHNOLOGY59% WHAT ABOUT SECURITY? BUT – DON’T LET SECURITY GET IN THE WAY LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE WHEN EVALUATING NETWORK SECURITY SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT A VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENT SUPPORT NEW SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES WITHOUT SACRIFICING PERFORMANCE/END-USER EXPERIENCE VIRTUALIZED SECURITY POLICY IS CONSISTENT AND INTEGRATED WITH PHYSICAL SECURITY POLICY DETAILED REPORTING/LOGGING OF ACCESS EVENTS AND TRAFFIC TO SUPPORT SLAs AND COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FULL VISIBILITY AND ACCESS CONTROL OVER ALL TRAFFIC FLOWING THROUGH VMs CRITICAL VERY IMPORTANT SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT NOT VERY IMPORTANT NOT AT ALL IMPORTANT 31% 26% 26% 19% 49% 48% 37% 44% 18% 24% 29% 35% 2% 2% 2% 1% 1% 6% WHAT ABOUT SECURITY? WE DON'T HAVE A STRONG PREFER- ENCE AND WILL EVALUATE THE SOLUTIONS THAT MEET OUR NEEDS WE PREFER A FULL SOLUTION STACK WE PREFER BEST-OF-BREED SOLUTIONS, NO MATTER THE VENDOR Download The Network World eGuide: The State of the Virtualized Data Center or go to: www.juniper.net/datacenter Sources: IDC White Paper, sponsored by Juniper Networks, Agility and Performance in the Datacenter: Role of the Network in Application and IT Service Delivery, September 2013. Live Webinar: Automate & Orchestrate The Network - Build Simple and Agile Data Centers, May 2013. AVOIDING VENDOR LOCK-IN MULTIPLE FAILURE POINTS 28% SECURITY GAPS28% 41% 30% 29% ARE OPEN TO BEST-OF-BREED SOLUTIONS THAT BEST FIT THEIR NEEDS70% VM VM VM