CDW Small Business Server Virtualization Roadmap Preview

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This presentation is a preview of the CDW Small Business Server Virtualization Roadmap, which examines the opportunities and challenges small businesses face related to server virtualization.

Download the full report at cdw.com/sbservervirtualization to understand:

- Key factors to tell if your small business is ready for virtualization

- Steps to take to implement virtualization in your small business

- Biggest benefits of virtualization for small businesses

- Largest challenges small businesses that virtualized faced

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CDW Small Business Server Virtualization Roadmap Preview

  1. 1. SMALL BUSINESS SERVERVIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP PREVIEWAugust 31, 2011
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION How can small businesses know if virtualization is a fit? To answer this question, CDW surveyed nearly 300 small business Information Technology (IT) professionals* through Spiceworks, a social network for IT, for their perceptions of and experiences with server virtualization. The roadmap includes: • Step-by-step guidance from assessment through deployment • Benefits realized by small businesses that have implemented server virtualization • Advice, guidelines and tips from small business IT professionals and CDW solution architects The full report is available for download at www.cdw.com/sbservervirtualization.* For this survey, CDW defined “small business” as firms with 20-99 employees COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 2 2
  3. 3. WHAT IS VIRTUALIZATION? • Virtualization gives small businesses the ability to streamline IT and meet their growing needs, while managing IT costs What is server virtualization? Virtualizing a server means running multiple, independent virtual operating systems on a single server – creating several “virtual machines” within one physical server Benefits of server virtualization:  Enhances hardware efficiency by increasing the percentage of a server’s capacity that is actually used  Eases management  Improves disaster recovery  Increases business agility, enabling launch of new servers in hours vs. daysCOPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 3 3
  4. 4. KEY FINDINGS • Server virtualization is gaining ground in small businesses: • 25% of small businesses are using server virtualization today • Those using virtualization report that it provides substantial benefits: • 79% of those that have virtualized say small businesses can see significant benefits from server virtualization • 65% say it has significantly improved their organizations IT Return on Investment (ROI) • Looking ahead, small businesses will increase investments: • Those that have virtualized plan to invest an average of 23% of their IT budgets in server virtualization over the next two years • 73% of those that have not virtualized say they are investigating or planning to implement the technologyCOPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 4 4
  5. 5. VIRTUALIZATION IN SMALL BUSINESSES • One in four small businesses has implemented server virtualization 25% of small businesses have server virtualization in place today**Based on data from 1.6M small businesses within Spiceworks, a social network for IT COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 5 5
  6. 6. MORE LOOKING TO VIRTUALIZE • Of those small businesses that have not yet virtualized, 73% are investigating or planning to implement server virtualization Virtualization status of those that have not yet virtualized:* We are researching it and how it 40% can work for our organization 27% We are not currently considering server virtualization 17% We have developed a strategic plan and are preparing for implementation We are developing a plan for 16% adoption*Based on survey data from 84 respondents whose small businesses have not implemented server virtualization COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 6 6
  7. 7. IS VIRTUALIZATION RIGHT FOR YOU? • Small businesses that have virtualized say the need to replace aging hardware was the top driver for their implementation Small businesses that have virtualized say they were driven by the following:* Replace aging hardware “Virtualization allows Server consolidation for a predictable and regimented approach to managing hardware Improve disaster recover/backup life cycle management while minimizing effort involved in the Improve efficiency of IT infrastructure process.”** Reduce IT operating costs*Based on survey data from 214 respondents whose small businesses have implemented server virtualization. Respondents asked to select their top two drivers **CDWCorporate Advisory Board crowdsourced quote COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 7 7
  8. 8. STEP ONE: SYSTEM ASSESSMENT • CDW experts offer advice on conducting a virtualization assessment: First ask yourself: Do you, or does anyone on your IT team, have the knowledge and expertise to perform the assessment yourself, or do you need to seek it from a third party?* Then: Using internal or third party expertise, assess your current environment: • Which of your servers, if any, are compatible with a virtualization operating system? • Is your storage environment adequate? • Do the software vendors for your applications support them in a virtual environment? • How much will the transition to virtualization cost? Do you have the budget? • How will you measure virtualization success?*Throughout the report, CDW expert advice is noted with this directional image COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 8 8
  9. 9. STEP TWO: STAFF ASSESSMENT • Successful small businesses point to virtualization training for implementation and support knowledge Percentage who believe their organization has the expertise to implement and support server virtualization: * ***Based on survey data from 214 respondents whose small businesses have implemented server virtualization **Based on survey data from 61 respondents whose smallbusinesses have not implemented server virtualization, but are researching or planning to implement the technology COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 9 9
  10. 10. STEP THREE: MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT • Virtualized small businesses work with their organization’s management to ensure they fully understand and support the investment Have Have not virtualized* virtualized** Explain the benefits: My organizations management fully 96% UNDERSTANDS the 71% 43% of management benefits of server who understand virtualization server My organizations virtualization management fully benefits support SUPPORTS the adoption 84% 45% its adoption* of server virtualization*Based on survey data from 214 respondents whose small businesses have implemented server virtualization **Based on survey data from 84 respondents whose smallbusinesses have not implemented server virtualization COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 10 10
  11. 11. STEP FOUR: EXECUTION • Those small business that have virtualized report compatibility issues, timelines and funding as the major challenges faced during implementation Which of the following challenges did your organization face?* Compatibility issues 41% Time required to implement 37% Funding 34% Technical support requirements 31% Training requirements 30% Uncertainty of ROI 14% Security concerns 13% Perception that virtualization is not beneficial for small businesses 9% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% CDW says: “A few things that small businesses often overlook with virtualization: adopting new technology one step at a time; designing and implementing with future growth in mind; taking the time to get educated; utilizing good project management processes; and not letting day-to-day issues take you off track.”*Based on survey data from 214 respondents whose small businesses have implemented server virtualization. Respondents asked to select all that apply COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 11 11
  12. 12. STEP FIVE: MEASURING SUCCESS • To small businesses using virtualization, there is no question that the technology provides substantial, measurable benefits for their organizations Of those that have virtualized:* 79% & 65% say small businesses can see say server virtualization has significant benefits from significantly improved their server virtualization organizations IT ROI $$$ On average, small businesses are saving 18% of their IT budget due to server virtualization implementation, or $19,400 each year***Based on survey data from 214 respondents whose small businesses have implemented server virtualization **Based on the average have-virtualized respondent’s ITbudget of $108,000 COPYRIGHT CDW 2011, CITE AS: CDW SMALL BUSINESS SERVER VIRTUALIZATION ROADMAP 12 12
  13. 13. THANK YOU.Download the full report at cdw.com/sbservervirtualization to understand:• Key factors to tell if your small business is ready for virtualization• Steps to take to implement virtualization in your small business• Biggest benefits of virtualization for small businesses• Largest challenges small businesses that virtualized facedFOR ALL INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:KELLY CARAHERCDW PUBLIC RELATIONS847-968-0729KELLYC@CDW.COM

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