A recent poll conducted by NetBenefit has revealed that nearly two in three (68%) respondents now recognise the significant green computing benefits that virtualisation can provide. Of those that were questioned, 30% of respondents are already incorporating virtualisation as part of their IT strategy moving forward.
The survey, which was carried out amongst delegates at the recent Internet World show in London also revealed that even though one in three regards virtualisation as a key part of their organisation's future, 67% are still not really familiar with the concept.
Commenting on the findings of the research, Jonathan Robinson, COO at NetBenefit, says: "This poll has demonstrated the rising interest in virtualisation which we believe people will be hearing a lot more about over the next 12-18 months. However, there is clearly still a really big requirement for education on the subject of virtualisation and its benefits.
"As well as providing increased resource sharing and utilisation advantages, virtualisation is becoming an attractive option to businesses looking to improve their carbon footprint. By allowing you to stack numerous virtual servers, this technology reduces the demand for power - sometimes by the equivalent of ten machines down to just one - which is great news for the environment."
Robinson concludes: "Even though over half of those questioned didn't have any concerns about using a virtualised hosting environment, principal worries of those that did centered around security. If virtualisation is going to really take off in the managed hosting world then it will be necessary for web hosts to demonstrate that it does not compromise the ability to provide secure, reliable and flexible hosting for business critical solutions.