Many organizations feel unprepared to face the challenges associated with managing physical and virtual IT environments, according to a recent study.

The EMC Corp. survey polled more than 150 IT business professionals and found that a mere 24 per cent of respondents expressed that they were “very confident” that their current management tools are sufficient to maintain existing IT service levels.

Nearly 48 per cent report the number one challenge in tier-one production environments is isolating root cause problems within server virtualized environments. A key management challenge cited for VMware environments specifically, was the ability to map virtual machines to physical infrastructure like servers and applications, storage management, virtual security and application performance monitoring.

And, the survey found that nearly 60 per cent of respondents plan to deploy storage virtualization technologies in conjunction with VMware over the next 12 months. Among those technologies were block-based virtualization, thin provisioning, SANs and file storage virtualization.

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