When a problem occurs, virtualization is the enemy of visibility
Survey Shows Enterprise IT Prefers Private Cloud
London – 1st September, 2011 – Precise, the global leader in transaction performance management <http://precise.com/solutions/tpm.asp> (TPM), today announced results of a survey of enterprise IT managers highlighting top priorities and concerns of moving enterprise applications to virtual and cloud environments.
The survey, conducted by Precise in August, 2011, found that large enterprises are migrating both front-office and back-office applications to the cloud, but focusing on private clouds:
• In 2011, 39% of organizations moved Email and Collaboration systems to virtual infrastructure, followed by IT Management (33%) Sales & Marketing (20%) Finance/HR/ERP (21%) and security (13%).
• In 2012, 33% of respondents report that they will move Finance/ERP /HR applications to the cloud, followed by E-mail and Collaboration software (23%) and IT Management applications (21%).
• Over time, 37% of companies say they will migrate 61% or more of their applications to a private cloud environment, while only 6% of companies will do the same on a public cloud service.
The bad news - Resolving application problems gets more complex in the cloud
Enterprise IT executives today report that slow application performance is their biggest problem and also the most costly, according to the survey. After slow performance (41%), top problems reported by IT managers include slow time to identify the root cause of issues (24%), followed by shared resource contention within applications and multi-tenant storage contention (both 18%).
Moving applications to the cloud was expected by many to ease performance issues, giving IT the ability to quickly move a high-priority application to a more optimal resource when performance begins to suffer. The highest scoring benefit expected by survey respondents when moving to the cloud was improved application performance (26%), yet the biggest drawback most predicted was that it will take longer to pinpoint the causes of problems after applications move to the cloud (37%).
“When a problem occurs, virtualization is the enemy of visibility,” says Zohar Gilad, Executive VP with Precise. "Compounded with dynamic provisioning in the cloud and server cluster architecture, it's difficult to determine which server, VM, or application instance is to blame when troubleshooting.”
CIOs, IT managers and DBAs will need to pay close attention to application performance before and after migrations to ensure that quality of service does not suffer, according to Gilad: "Automation of transaction monitoring from the user down to storage, between physical and virtual layers, is critical. Companies should deploy processes and tools that can handle the dynamic nature of the cloud, and allow quick access to historical performance data during troubleshooting."
Precise helps more than 1500 customers worldwide manage Quality of Service (QoS) of their critical applications. With innovative Transaction Performance Management (TPM) products and managed services, Precise TPM supports all major packaged applications, custom applications, databases and storage devices – running on physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure. For more information about Precise, visit www.precise.com <http://www.precise.com/>.
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