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Virtualisation and cloud computing to dominate data centres until 2013

The final instalment of Cisco's Connected World Report suggests that IT departments continue to adopt new technologies but struggle to maintain security and data governance policies.

The report finds that while IT departments adopt new technologies such as virtualisation and cloud computing, they struggle to maintain security and data governance policies for a new generation of mobile devices like tablet PCs and smartphones.

The report is based on a survey of around 2,600 IT staff and end users from 13 different countries, including the UK, conducted on Cisco's behalf by independent market research firm InsightExpress.

With more remote and mobile workers using so many different devices to access data and applications stored in the data centre, IT staff worry they will struggle to adapt existing security and management processes to handle demand, concerns that may drive some to move IT infrastructure into hosted environments.

Of those polled, one in three IT professionals said more than half of their company's data and applications will be hosted in private clouds by 2013, for example, with others moving at least some of their data to public clouds within the same timeframe.

Only 29 per cent said more than half of their production servers were already virtualised. Ongoing concerns about security, performance and management of virtual machines (VMs) still prevent some organisations from adopting the technology, despite perceived advantages around resource optimisation, cost consolidation and faster application provisioning.

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