New research from IP EXPO 2010

New research from IP EXPO 2010 reveals that virtualisation and data security are the IT industry’s top priorities for 2010/2011

• Respondents see virtualisation as key priority but call for higher security guarantees

• End user case study: Live webcast on virtualisation today, Thursday 16 September at 12pm with Woodland Trust and Ely Community College: Log onto http://bit.ly/ipexpowebtv

London, September 16 2010- A survey of 257 of the UK’s top IT managers has shown that virtualisation and data security are top areas of focus for end 2010 and throughout 2011. The survey was carried out by IP EXPO 2010, Europe’s largest end-to-end IT infrastructure event.

Of the professionals surveyed, 88% rated data security as a key objective and spending priority for the coming year. This was closely followed by virtualisation which was identified as a priority among 85.8% of respondents.

The survey demonstrates the strength of the IT managers’ desire to adopt virtualisation but also their reservations about the security of the technology and its ability to protect the sensitive data their companies hold. 57% of professionals surveyed believe that the roll-out of virtualisation & cloud based technologies will need to wait until security guarantees can be demonstrated.

However this should not be seen as bad news for providers of virtualisation solutions. Only 3% of respondents believe that security issues will entirely stop their business from adopting virtualisation. 80% of respondents believe that virtualisation will require a revision of enterprise security tools and procedures but 81% believe that as a result virtualisation could in fact offer the opportunity to improve their business’s overall data security.

Adam Malik, Content Director for Imago Techmedia commented “The data security issues surrounding virtualisation are something the entire IT industry is coming together to address. The priority is to make sure that this ground breaking technology can meet the needs of companies of all sizes as well as some of the UK’s highest risk legal and financial companies.”

Lionel Wilson, IS Director of the Woodland Trust commented: “We have now virtualised almost all of the Woodland Trust’s server estate as it offers new ways for us to meet challenges of improving hardware utilisation and drive down costs whilst also reducing our environmental impact and significant reduction in energy use on these new systems by over 90%.

This has been made possible through Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, Hyper-V and Dell’s Blade architecture. Rather than paying for and running many under-utilised server machines, each dedicated to a specific workload, server virtualisation has allowed us to rationalise the workload onto a smaller number of more fully-used machines. This necessitates fewer people to manage those computers, less space to house them, and fewer kilowatt hours of power to run them, all of which saves money.

Additionally the implementation of Remote Desktop Services over Sunray has allowed us to considerably reduce power use on our clients by over 95% whilst also improving user availability and experience.”

Virtualisation webcast: 12pm, Today, Thursday 16th September

Join Lionel Wilson, IS Director of the Woodland Trust and Matt Sampson IT Manager at Ely Community College to discuss their very different virtualisation journeys and the benefits they are realising from the technology. http://bit.ly/ipexpowebtv

About the Research

The survey was completed by 257 of IP EXPO’s top attendees. These include key players and decision makers in management, IT strategy, implementation and infrastructures.

Media contacts:

Niamh O’Grady / Kelly Kerruish

Epoch on behalf of Imago Techmedia

+44 (0) 20 7401 8001

nogrady@epochpr.com / kkerruish@epochpr.com

About IP EXPO and Imago Techmedia

IP EXPO 2010 takes place in Earls Court 2 on 20-21 October and is Europe’s largest end-to-end IT infrastructure event. This year’s event sees keynotes from leading industry experts, and seminars covering network optimisation, cloud services, server virtualisation, security and governance. There will also be practical and interactive lab sessions for hands on access to IP, cloud and virtualisation technologies. The show floor has over 230 exhibitors and in addition to a VMware partner zone, this year debuts a Life Safety and IP Security zone.

Imago Techmedia is a UK-based, privately owned exhibition and conference organiser specialising in the IT and communications market. Imago Techmedia has been successfully producing events since 2005 and have seen growth year on year. It aims to differentiate its events from all others in the market by enhancing and enriching the visitor experience and value through constant innovation and thorough understanding of the dynamic ICT sector which it operates.