2 September 2013


The virtualization market in the country has matured significantly over the past few years and is going to be one of the fastest growing segments over the next few years. 

"According to a recent study by AMI Partners, there will be a major increase in the adoption of server and desktop virtualization among Indian enterprises and SMBs as currently less than 10 percent of the country’s installed IT infrastructure has been virtualized," says Arun Kumar, General Manager, Red Hat. 

The need to consolidate data centers (DCs), and save money on hardware, power and cooling is driving the adoption of server virtualization. Manish Bahl, Vice President & Country Manager, Forrester India, says that other drivers include reduced management complexity, faster response time, better management of the mobile workforce, and a reduction in server provisioning time. 

"There will be a major increase in the adoption of virtualization in India as less than 10 percent of the country’s installed IT infrastructure is currently virtualized"

While the ever-increasing cost of DCs and IT infrastructure has made virtualization a necessity, the technology brings in additional revenue for SIs and VARs, and widens their portfolio of services.
Says Haresh Gada, Director, Network Techlab, "For solution providers, virtualization is not a matter of choice, it’s a matter of survival. Enterprises and SMBs want to reduce their carbon footprint and recurring costs. They are going to consolidate their IT architecture and put more applications on fewer servers." 

While the IT-ITeS segment has been an early adopter of virtualization, the pharma, telecom and BFSI verticals are following suit. "In India, companies going in for virtualization can be categorized in two phases,” explains Ganesan Arumugam, Senior Director, Partner Channels, VMware. “The majority of SMBs are in Phase One where they create a testing environment and initially virtualize their tier-2 or -3 applications. But many enterprises are in the second phase, running mission-critical applications such as ERP and CRM in a virtualized environment. This year we will see more SMBs moving to Phase Two."

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