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Veeam Announces V-Index Q3 Results
Veeam Software, innovative provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management solutions for virtual datacenter environments, today released its quarterly V-index update. Hosted on, the V-index is a free resource that tracks the penetration rate of virtualization across the server estates of large-scale enterprises. In order to provide further insights into key trends driving virtualization penetration, this quarter the V-index has been updated to include enterprise use of virtual desktop infrastructures and factors influencing changes in hypervisor purchasing.

“This latest release of the V-index data shows the trend toward the co-existence of hypervisor platforms,” said Ratmir Timashev, CEO at Veeam Software. “This was further highlighted in two additional trends we decided to track in response to feedback from the wider virtualization community following the last V-index. Firstly, desktop virtualization is growing in relevance and many enterprises are opting for a range of solutions from key vendors. Next, greater choice in the market sees customers actively choosing to change purchasing patterns around virtualization.”

The top-level findings of the Q3 2011 V-index are below; for more detailed information, please visit
  • The current V-index Penetration Rate is 38.9%. This means that 38.9% of all servers within all of the enterprises surveyed were virtual and 86.5% of all enterprises are using virtualization to some degree.

  • The average perceived virtual machine to physical host consolidation ratio is 9:1, i.e. on average enterprises believe that each of their physical hosts is hosting 9 virtual machines. However, by calculating the ratio of virtual machines to physical hosts for each individual enterprise, the actual average consolidation ratio comes to just 5:1.

  • Of the enterprises using server virtualization 84% use VMware, 43% use Microsoft Hyper-V, 53% use Citrix Xen, and 16% use other hypervisors. Furthermore, of the enterprises using desktop virtualization 75% use VMware, 45% use Microsoft Hyper-V, 56% use Citrix, and 7% use other hypervisors.

  • 38% of enterprises using server virtualization, and 34% of those using desktop virtualization, intend to change their primary hypervisor over the next 12 months. The main concerns driving this for both types of virtualization are: concerns around costs; licensing models; and the features and maturity that other hypervisors can offer. For more information on these concerns, please visit

  • Enterprises have identified a number of barriers to increased virtualization penetration:

    • 36% cited concerns about reliability

    • 34% cited concerns around application performance

    • 33% cited concerns around backup and restoration

    • 32% cited the need to wait for a hardware refresh before deployment

    • 31% cited concerns around managing the virtual estate

  • 81% of enterprises using virtualization expect to see their virtualized server estate to increase in the next 12 months.

Published Wednesday, November 02, 2011 5:45 AM by David Marshall
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