Aberdeen recently released results of a study of 85 organizations regarding the deployment of server virtualization.

The report includes detailed aspects of the IT market and is designed to provide companies with benefits for server virtualization. The data collected is based on group averages of reduced application downtime, faster application deployment and flexible IT spending, the report stated.

According to the report, the top half of those surveyed saw an average 38 percent reduction in application downtime since deploying server virtualization. The bottom half of respondents reported an average 5 percent decrease in application downtime.

One benefit of virtualization that is not referred to often is the flattening of an IT organization.

“Virtualization removes layers from the IT stack and reduces the need for dedicated specialists within the IT headcount,” said the report. “Virtualization software enables self-service, which many business departments may use to deploy and manage their own applications.”

Spiceworks conducted its own survey of virtualization in small- and medium-sized businesses. According to the report, 74 percent of SMBs are currently using or plan to deploy virtualization during the year.

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