Hyper-V Survey: Nearly a Quarter of Respondents Using At Some Level

Surprising percentage of companies have some Hyper-V installed, though how much is not clear; more than 40 percent use VMware.

Results from Computerworld's Windows Server 2008 survey, administered online from May 10 to 27, 2008, show many companies have begun to test and experiment, if only on a small scale, with Microsoft's new virtualization technology, Hyper-V.

The survey methodology: Select subscribers to Computerworld (those with IT management titles) were sent an e-mail solicitation. Select Computerworld newsletter subscribers were invited to take the survey via a link in the newsletters. Respondents identified themselves as IT or IS managers (15%), directors of IT or IS (12%), network administrators (8%), chief technology officers (7%) and other titles.

Numbers for individual survey questions may not add up to 100 due to rounding and/or the ability to select more than one response,

The survey findings:

Does your organization plan to use Hyper-V or third-party products for most virtualization needs on production servers?

  • VMware 42%
  • Not using virtualization 31%
  • Hyper-V 24%
  • Other third-party products 3%

    Base: 253 respondents

    Does your organization plan to adopt Windows Server 2008 at some point?

  • Yes: 63%
  • No: 22%
  • Don't know: 15%

    Base: 403 respondents

    If not, why not? (Select all that apply.)

  • Benefits not sufficient to warrant adoption 48%
  • No business need 44%
  • Cost 42%
  • Migrating to another server operating system 30%
  • Too time-consuming 25%
  • Other 22%
  • Not a Windows shop 14%

    Base: 88 respondents who indicated that they would not be adopting Windows Server 2008

    "Other" responses included:

  • Current server architecture is going to remain in place for three years, so plans for migration won't happen for two years. A lot can change in two years.
  • Going to Win Server 2003.
  • Possible conflict with existing apps.
  • Server stability, lack of full featured command-line server management tools.
  • Still in Windows 2000.
  • Too risky for security reasons.

    If yes, in what time frame will your organization start the transition to Windows Server 2008?

  • Am implementing now 25%
  • 6 to 12 months 34%
  • 12 to 18 months 19%
  • 18 to 24 months 13%
  • More than 2 years 9%

    Base: 253 respondents

    Over what period of time will your organization complete the transition to Windows Server 2008?

  • Within a year 25%
  • Phase in over the next two years 30%
  • Over the next three years 20%
  • Over the next four+ years 15%
  • Unsure/don't know 11%

    Base: 253 respondents

    How will your organization phase in Windows Server 2008?

  • Will follow our usual migration schedule 55%
  • Will accelerate adoption for at least some server applications 26%
  • Will accelerate adoption of Windows 2008 across the enterprise 8%
  • Unsure/don't know 12%

    Base: 253 respondents

    Will your organization wait for the first service pack before deploying Windows Server 2008 on production servers?

  • Yes, will wait 38%
  • No, won't wait 28%
  • Service pack release is not a factor in my deployment plans 26%
  • Don't know 8%

    Base: 253 respondents

    Why is your organization planning to upgrade? (Select all that apply.)

  • Need to keep current 46%
  • We have a business need for new features available in Windows Server 2008 32%
  • We paid for it as part of our enterprise license agreement/might as well upgrade 31%
  • We're also adopting other new server software (SQL Server, IIS, etc.) and might as well get it all done at once 31%
  • Need to improve security 19%
  • We're adopting Vista on the desktop, and Windows Server 2008 is the recommended best practice 18%
  • Other 12%

    Base: 253 respondents

    "Other" responses included:

  • Will be forced to by Microsoft phasing out support for Server 2003.
  • We need to be compatible with our most advanced customers.
  • Want to adopt Active Directory changes ASAP for Sarbanes-Oxley.
  • Required by some MS products.
  • Reliability.
  • Participated in Microsoft's early adopter program.
  • Part of routine hardware upgrade.
  • Only when it is required.
  • New hardware.
  • Improved Virtual Server.
  • Improved performance of IIS compared to .Net running under our current Windows 2000 servers.
  • Forced to by vendor apps.
  • Exchange 2007.
  • Current platform is Win2k, which will be end-of-life soon.

    Which editions of Windows Server 2008 does your organization plan to adopt? (Select all that apply.)

  • Standard Edition 77%
  • Enterprise Edition 62%
  • Web Server 2008 25%
  • Datacenter Edition 12%
  • HP Server 2008 2%
  • Server 2008 for Titanium 1%

    Base: 253 respondents

    What percentage of production servers will be migrated to Windows Server 2008?

  • Less than 20% 19%
  • 20% to 50% 19%
  • 50% to 75% 19%
  • 75% to 100% 21%
  • All production servers 22%

    Base: 253 respondents

    What new features in Server 2008 are of the most interest to your organization? (Select all that apply.)

  • Security improvements 73%
  • Faster performance 69%
  • Active Directory role/group policy improvements 64%
  • Server Core (stripped-down OS installation for key roles such as DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, file server, etc.) 45%
  • Self-healing NTFS improvements 43%
  • Hyper-V virtualization 42%
  • Web server improvements 36%
  • PowerShell/Windows Resource Manager/other management improvements 34%

    Base: 253 respondents

    What types of servers will your organization run on Windows Server 2008? (Select all that apply.)

  • Application servers 83%
  • Active Directory/domain controllers 78%
  • File and print servers 76%
  • DNS/DHCP 68%
  • Web servers 64%
  • Hyper-V virtual server 34%
  • Media servers 14%

    Base: 253 respondents

    Which version of Windows Server is currently running in your IT operations? (Select all that apply.)

  • Windows Server 2003 98%
  • Windows 2000 Server 48%
  • Windows NT 4 or earlier 13%
  • Windows Server 2008 9%
  • None Less than 1%

    Base: 253 respondents

    What percentage of production servers run Windows?

  • None 1%
  • 1% to 10% 3%
  • 11% to 25% 2%
  • 26% to 50% 6%
  • 51% to 75% 14%
  • 76% to 100% 73%
  • Unsure/don't know 2%

    Base: 253 respondents

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