When it comes to new products, it can be tough to know when you should dive in.  It takes a lot of time and effort from you as well as any teams you may manage, not to mention the potential budget implications.

We’ve heard from you and we’ve seen firsthand at our events, that it helps to know what your peers are doing.  The great news is that you can now see exactly that, but on a much larger scale through a recently commissioned survey of IT Decision Makers and IT Professionals conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)*.

Some of the survey results were compiled into an easy to read infographic that provides some interesting detail.  I’ve included the infographic below and if you click on it, it will link you to a download of the image. 

Some interesting results from the survey that popped out at me where:

  • 90% of respondents plan to deploy Windows Server 2012 within 24 months
  • 42% of organizations are providing IT Services via  private cloud
  • 65% of organizations are using multiple Hypervisors
  • 28% of organizations are currently using Windows Server Hyper-V today
    • Of those not using Windows Server Hyper-V today, 81% would consider using it in the future
    • Organizations that deployed Windows Server Hyper-V did so because of:
      • OS Upgrade (39%)
      • Economics (36%)
      • Product Capability (35%)
      • Skills Alignment (34%)
      • Automation (30%)

Based on the survey, many of you are using more than one Hypervisor today or are considering it.  Some food for thought in this area is a white paper on the Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMWare vSphere 5.1.   It's worth reviewing to help get a better understanding of how these two Hypervisors compare.

After reviewing the whitepaper and the infographic, if you’re wondering what the next step is for you and your team, I’d suggest a few important ones:

If you’re interested in more information and you want to take the next step, you should have a look at a blog post Ruth put together on Windows Server 2012 licensing.  You’ll find the licensing approach has been simplified quite a bit.





Thanks for reading!

Chris

* ESG Research, Microsoft Virtualization and Private Cloud Custom Survey, June 2012