Companies utilizing virtualization may ultimately be wasting their money due to several mistakes, according to a recent CIO report. The main reason companies lose money using virtualization is because they fail to run enough virtual machines on their virtual infrastructure, said Galen Schreck, principal analyst at Forrester Research.

Companies are also not pushing the technology of virtual machines to their capabilities, resulting in expenses far exceeding what they have to be, according to Dan Olds, principal of Gabriel Consulting Group.

Other problems organizations run into include failure to plan appropriately, careless lifecycle management and assessing the cost for each unit used, rather than the entire operation, the article stated.

“The biggest misconceptions focus around three issues: how closely to manage virtual machines, how to plan the capacity and workload of the virtual infrastructure and how to go beyond technical configuration to keep operational costs from running out of control, according to analysts,” wrote CIO’s Kevin Fogarty.

Spiceworks recently released a report about small- and medium-sized businesses. According to the study, 74 percent of SMB IT professionals said they plan to use virtualization by the middle of the year.

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