(This was originally posted at http://www.undertheradar.com and I’m cross-posting it here as well.)
Frank Gillett and his team over at Forrester have released “The State Of Emerging Enterprise/SMB Hardware Trends: 2008 To 2009″ reports. You can find them here (Enterprise / SMB). The summary is below with my thoughts added at the bottom:
So, my simpler interpretation of the same data shows:
- 80% – say they’re interested in green power (but aren’t really acting on it). Much like humanity in general. I believe this number.
- ~74% have real pain with PC or client maintenance and management and hope to mitigate that with desktop and client side virtualization. This makes a lot of sense.
- 53-54% are about to or have already implemented server virtualization. This fits with what we’re hearing as we speak with people in the industry.
- 30-60% have already virtualized or are about to virtualize the operating systems.
- Only 18% of them are “very, very interested” in green power – that still doesn’t say that they have implemented any green measures.
- 2-5% of SMBs and Enterprises have implemented cloud computing and will increase that to 4-8% respectively within 12 months. This is still really early in the cloud computing cycle. What I think may be missed here though is the fact that many rogue departments are purchasing cloud computing and expensing it without ever involving the IT department. This is exactly how PCs crept into businesses and how Saas Applications also entered through the basement. My bet is that the numbers here are higher if we talk to people outside of IT.
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