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1Lack of virtualization knowledge abounds

Federal executives seem to be playing catch-up when it comes to virtualization. Thirty-three percent of survey respondents say they have no knowledge of the concept of virtualization. Thirteen percent describe themselves as "very familiar," while 54 percent have some intermediate level of understanding.

2Federal executives see the benefit of virtualization

Although federal executives are still trying to decipher the complex world of virtualization, 84 percent say they think that virtualization would benefit their agency.

3Disaster recovery and greener operations are main drivers for virtualization

Why virtualize? The leading drivers and incentives for virtualizing the respondents’ federal agencies are Continuity of Operations (COOP), disaster recovery and "greener" IT operations, aimed at reducing data center sprawl and energy usage.

4Virtualization roadblocks

Although the benefits may be clear, VARs pitching virtualization must address perceived roadblocks. 65% of survey respondents cite "implementation difficulties," 63% say "operational/management difficulties," and 62% note "end users’ misconceptions about virtualization control and governance."

5Facilitating adoption

According to the survey, the top two effective strategies to facilitate adoption of virtualization are "education and/or training" (57%) and "government mandates and standards" (47%).

6About the Survey

The survey was developed by the Government Business Council (GBC) in partnership with GTSI and Oracle Corporation.