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Virtual Lab Management On the Rise

Not all that long ago, virtual labs were something less than sexy. They were largely the domains of development, QA and operations, and without the involvement of higher-level LOBs such as sales, customer support, marketing and technical publications, they cruised along under the radar.

No more, says analyst firm voke, inc., which has released its second study on the topic in the form of a "Market Snapshot Report on Virtual Lab Management (VLM)," which assesses VLM technology traits as ROI, market readiness, use and awareness. It also covers the increasing demand and utilization of the technology.

The study was done between August 2009 and February 2010, and was based on input from an independent survey of 100 organizations using VLM technology.

According to Theresa Lanowitz, lead analyst for voke, inc., "Virtual lab management continues to prove itself as a rare, real, breakthrough use of technology revolutionizing the computing industry and the enterprise. Virtualization remains the defining computing technology of the 21st century."

The study includes both key findings and ROI results. Among the key findings, 100 percent of participants who evaluated commercial solutions ultimately adopted them, and VLM is viewed as a way to change the dynamics of IT organizations. On the ROI side, "48 percent of participants reported direct head count savings and productivity improvements," and "On average, 57 servers per organization were eliminated."

Question: Would your organization benefit from a stronger focus on virtual lab management?

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 03/29/2010 at 12:48 PM


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