Symantec 2011 Small Business Virtualization Poll Global Findings August 2011

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Symantec’s 2011 Small Business Virtualization Poll examines the adoption of virtualization within small businesses and its impact on their organizations. According to the survey, small businesses …

Symantec’s 2011 Small Business Virtualization Poll examines the adoption of virtualization within small businesses and its impact on their organizations. According to the survey, small businesses have a strong interest in virtualization, but are still learning how to adopt it in their organizations. As they implement server virtualization, small businesses are putting their data at risk. The survey found that most small businesses aren’t taking the most basic steps to secure and protect their virtual environments. The survey is based on 658 respondents in 28 countries worldwide.

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  • 1. Small Business Virtualization PollGlobal Key Findings
  • 2. Methodology• Survey Performed by Applied Research• 658 organizations worldwide• Small businesses (5 – 249 employees)• Person in charge of computing resources• Cross-industry 2
  • 3. Key Findings• Small businesses have a strong interest in virtualization• Small businesses are still grappling with how to adopt virtualization• Due to the immaturity of this market, small businesses are neglecting to protect their data and systems in virtual environments. 3
  • 4. Strong Interest in Virtualization• 70% considering server virtualization• Top reasons: – Reduce CapEx (70%) – Reduce OpEx (68%) – Less servers for same number of applications (67%) 4
  • 5. Still Early Days…• Only 10% have completed implementation to date• Only 37% of productivity apps are being virtualized• Only 24% of business-critical apps are being virtualized 5
  • 6. Therefore, Still Learning How to AdoptTop three challenges• Performance• Backup• Security & patch managementMore than half rely on third-party help• Vendor professional service organization• Systems Integrator• Consultant• VAR 6
  • 7. Neglecting Protection of Data and SystemsInfrequent backups• Only 15% always back up• 23% never or have spotty backupWhy?• Staffing issues (23%)• Budget issues (53%) 7
  • 8. Neglecting Protection of Data and SystemsIncomplete security practices• On average, only 40% are completely secured• 20% are completely or somewhat unsecuredWhy?• Staffing issues (35%)• Budget issues (49%) 8
  • 9. Neglecting Protection of Data and Systems• Even for those somewhat or completely secured, safeguards are uneven• 74% forego endpoint protection• 48% don’t have a firewall• 78% don’t use antivirus 9
  • 10. Symantec Recommendations• Define a virtualization strategy• Secure your virtual environments• Protect your data 10