Tuesday, 24 May 2011 19:08

69% of IT Professionals Surveyed: Current Configuration Management Ineffective for Running the Modern Data Center and Cloud

By Martin Perlin

In a recent survey of an audience of IT professionals from global 2000 organizations, nearly 70% expressed that their current configuration management approach is inadequate for meeting the needs of today's ever changing IT operations

Evolven Software, supplier of the breakthrough change and configuration analytics solution for the modern data center and cloud, announced today survey results showing that a majority of IT professionals feel that current approaches to configuration management are ineffective for running modern data centers and cloud operations.

The global survey was carried out by Evolven during a recent event conducted with Forrester Research, and the findings reflects a growing frustration by IT Operations management with the current approaches for managing configurations in increasingly complex and dynamic data centers.

The surveyed audience included CIOs, IT Directors, Configuration Managers, Release Managers, System Operations Architects, and Change Managers from many Global 2000 organizations.

The attendees responded to the question: Is your existing configuration management approach effective for facing the new challenges of the modern data center and cloud? The participants could choose from the following response options with the results being:

  • 35% Not effective, clearly a new approach is needed

  • 24% Needs major improvement, chiefly in dynamics and analytics

  • 10% Questionable, current approaches are rigid and painful to implement

  • 31% Effective, but there are still a few bumps in the road

  • 0% Very effective, they were designed for the modern data center

'These reactions underscore that today achieving effective Configuration Management is one of IT's biggest challenges,' says Sasha Gilenson, CEO of Evolven, 'The rapid growth of virtualization and clouds demand more support for dynamic, constantly changing environment configurations. Given, the active state of the IT landscape, and from what we have seen from our customers, it is not surprising that the survey results were inclined so strongly towards the need for better handling of configurations in the modern data center and cloud.'

Evolven has taken a new approach to IT Operations and redefined configuration management for the modern data center and cloud. Evolven's groundbreaking Configuration Analytics solution takes on the dynamics and complexity of the modern data center and cloud, in a way that was never available before.

IT Operations and Infrastructure teams use Evolven to validate changes and releases to prevent downtime, monitorand detect configuration drift to avert incidents, investigateand identify incident root-cause to cut mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) , and auditany changes made to improve processes and meet compliance requirements.

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