Virtualisation may be beginning to penetrate UK enterprises but the technology is causing another set of problems.
According to research from Morse, 67 percent of businesses cannot tell how many virtual machines they have within their organisations - even though 56 percent said that they had management systems in place.

Tom Brand, senior consultant at Morse, said that the problem was that most businesses hadn't yet reconciled the virtual and physical worlds. "They'll already have made the investments in management software - and they handle the physical world well - but aren't geared to coping with virtualisation. He said that there products out there, such as Veeam, that worked as plug-ins for such systems but these weren't so well-known among managers.

He said that part of the problem had been the rapid drive to virtualisation. He said that companies had been looking to adopt the technology for cost reasons and the return on investment had come right down. "They've quickly reaped the benefit of that ROI" he said, "however, management of those virtual machines has been treated almost as an afterthought.
The research found that UK businesses are turning to virtualisation for a number of reasons. The most common reason is to cut costs, with 50 percent companies using virtualisation for that purpose. However, paradoxically 19 percent said they had gone down the virtualisation route to make management easier.

The research also found that nearly 40 percent of businesses had de-centralised virtual machine management which meant that VMs could be created very easily. This also meant that it was very easy to lose track of them said Brand. "It's strange," he added. "Most managers would know how many physical machines they had. But most of them wouldn't be able to tell you how many switched on and how many were actually needed.

The survey of 100 IT directors was commissioned by Morse and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne.