Small Business Virtualization Roadmap - Slide 5

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Step Two: Staff Assessment

Successful small businesses point to virtualization training for implementation and support knowledge. Eighty-six percent of businesses that have virtualized believe their organization has the expertise (staff knowledge) in place to implement and support server virtualization. Of those considering virtualization, only 20 percent feel this way.

Small business IT managers can often find free or affordable training available through virtualization software vendors, such as free webinars or videos on vendor sites, or on YouTube, or simply from working side by side with a skilled technology partner during assessment and deployment. The software vendors also offer data center management tools that simplify management of the physical and virtual environments together.

How can small businesses know if virtualization is a fit? To answer this question, CDW surveyed nearly 300 small business Information Technology (IT) professionals through Spiceworks, a social network for IT, interviewing those that have and have not virtualized for their perceptions of and experiences with server virtualization.

The resulting Small Business Virtualization Roadmap examines the opportunities and challenges related to server virtualization.

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