APM Survey Results: Virtualization First, Cloud Second

The Cloud gets all the hype.  But according to the recent survey conducted by AppDynamics, getting to the Cloud is still taking a back seat to the need to finish application virtualization.

We recently surveyed a group of professionals directly responsible for the oversight of application performance, specifically in Java and/or .NET environments.  Based on the answers from over 140 respondents, more respondents stated a preference for initiating virtualization projects over moving apps to the cloud.

Application Virtualization Survey Reveals Hesitation

Taking a break from the rush of activity at VMWorld, today we released the results of our first Application Virtualization Outlook survey.  With virtualization a top priority for many CIOs in the next year, we wanted to hear from IT professionals about their plans to virtualize mission-critical apps. Most importantly, we wanted to learn how quickly they’re making the transition, or whether there are obstacles getting in their way.

We found the survey results pretty interesting – overall, it seems like many application owners recognize the potential benefits of virtualization, but lack the confidence that their Tier-1 apps will continue to perform as needed when moved to a virtual environment. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these results and how we came to this conclusion:

More than 80 percent of professionals polled had virtualized their non-critical systems, but on the flip side, only 14 percent had virtualized more than three quarters or more of their Tier 1 apps (see charts below).  That’s a big divide in the pace of adoption.


The number one obstacle to virtualizing apps? “People Issues,” i.e., application owners who impede the virtualization process.  Respondents also cited worries about performance degradation and application design.

And one of our favorite questions- almost one-third of respondents reported that there are people in their organization who would say, “My Tier 1 application will be virtualized over my dead body!!”  This definitely proves that application virtualization is can elicit an emotional response in concerned application owners.

But, let’s not get discouraged. Just about everyone surveyed agreed that there are some great benefits to be had with virtualization. In particular, respondents noted that server consolidation, power and cost savings were likely payoffs, along with disaster recovery and agility improvements.

So how can virtualization teams assuage the concerns of their colleagues and reap these benefits? By providing hard evidence that the owners’ application will perform well in a virtual environment.

Application owners are responsible for meeting SLAs and for maintaining 100% up-time – and they’re not going to hand over their application without proof that those business objectives won’t be compromised.

The best way to get these facts is to conduct tests to establish a baseline performance in a non-virtual environment, and then provide a comparison of application performance, pre-and post-virtualization.  This “apples-to-apples” strategy presents app owners with evidence that their application will continue to perform to their high standards in a virtual environment.

For more information about how we help companies manage application performance in virtual environments, check this out.

Application Virtualization & A Free iPad!

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In talking to our customers, AppDynamics recognizes that virtualizing mission-critical applications is at the top of everyone’s mind, even though some companies are at different stages of the process than others.

Many IT departments have already finished virtualizing their less critical apps and they realize that there are many benefits to be had in virtualizing the rest. But, in many cases, application owners are concerned about performance impacts to their mission-critical apps, and they’re saying, “Hands off my app.”

What’s it like at your organization? Is the path to app virtualization a smooth one, or are you experiencing some bumps along the way? We’d like to find out more, and we’d like your help to do it.

Answer a few short questions on your app virtualization strategy and be automatically entered to win an iPad. In addition, we’ll send you a copy of the results, so you can discover what your peers at other organizations are doing.

Find out:

– What percentage of Tier 1 apps have been virtualized by other companies
– Whether the virtualization project is a stepping stone towards the cloud
– What challenges are preventing people from finishing (or even starting) virtualization of Tier 1 apps

The survey is only 10 questions long–and again, entering gives you the possibility of winning an iPad, as well as a guaranteed copy of the survey results.

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We look forward to reviewing your responses!