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Virtualization beginning to transform databases

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The IOUG survey covered 381 members, who oversee complex and multiple databases. Most respondents have already virtualized their servers are now planning database virtualization.

A new
survey
by Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) has
found that virtualization is going beyond servers and beginning to
transform databases.

The survey covered 381 members, who oversee complex and multiple
databases. Most respondents have already virtualized their servers
are now planning database virtualization.

They view virtualization as a strategy to manage mixed
environments. The respondents say data volumes and database
instances are on the rise. But these environments are spread across
multiple vendors and platforms.

What is driving virtualization and what is stalling it? Cost
reduction is the primary driver to virtualization. But
virtualization projects are also grappling with up-front budget
constraints. Seventy five percent of the respondents named managing
tight budgets as the top IT operational challenge they
faced. 

A respondent wrote:  “…We need to convince our top
management—the decision-making point— with return on investment;
the cost savings in hardware and less administration costs.”

Staffing and skill constraints (43%) and improving data security
(22%) were cited as next two operational constraints.

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