Virtualization Helps Businesses Save RM3.4Bil
KUALA LUMPUR (19 September 2013) — VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, launched the Virtualization 2020 campaign in an effort to help businesses move from the client server era to mobile cloud era of computing. As a first step, VMware sponsored the IDC Server Economies Index to demonstrate the potential of virtualization in Asia Pacific. The IDC Server Economies Index revealed that approximately RM3.4 billion worth of spending is expected to be avoided in Malaysia from 2003-2020 due to the impact of server virtualization.
The IDC white paper, titled Vision 2020: Virtualization’s Potential US$98 Billion Impact (August 2013, IDC#AP77008W, provides an analysis on virtualization over the past 10 years and looks forward through 2020. A hypothetical model was built to measure the impact of virtualization in the x86 server world by estimating the additional x86 server spending that would have taken place if no virtualization solution was offered.
In Malaysia, the potential economic impact using the IDC model is RM3.4 billion, comprising costs avoided in four key areas:
- RM2.1 billion in server spending costs avoided due to servers avoided – more than half of the costs avoided in total. Server spending refers to the customer revenue generated from the sale of physical servers. This amount was roughly equivalent to 7.5 years of RM100 education aid that could be handed out to each of the 2.8 million primary school students annually.
- RM420 million in power and cooling costs avoided due to servers avoided. This refers to cost of energy to power and cool a physical server in the datacenter.
- RM30 million in floor space costs avoided due to real estate avoided. This refers to the land or construction cost associated in housing a physical server.
- RM817 million in server admin costs avoided. This refers to server admin costs avoided and includes IDC’s estimate of the cost of people and overheads needed to manage each physical server.
Realizing Malaysia’s Data Center Hub Ambitions
The findings indicate that cost savings could rise three-fold from RM860 million to RM3.4 billion (comparing the period of 2003-12 against 2013-20) if more businesses adopt virtualization in the future.
As Malaysia pursues becoming a world-class data center hub, it is increasingly important for data center operators and large enterprises to consider virtualization technologies as a way to reduce operational and management costs and also fuel the drive towards cloud computing.
“Malaysian companies appear to be embracing the concept of and adopting virtualization as they realize the benefits, which can include better business agility and flexibility, a reduction in operational expenses, and greater environmental sustainability,” said Laurence Si, country manager, VMware Malaysia.
In fact, some industry proponents believe that data centers of the future will be software-defined architectures. A software-defined data center can bring benefits to the modern data center, including reduced total cost of ownership and the ability to repurpose or rescale in a matter of moments. As more enterprises adopt virtualization in the other areas of a software-defined data center, they are also exploring new opportunities in saving costs, such as networking, security and storage.
“As we move toward the software-defined data center, there is the potential for an even bigger increase in cost efficiency. Every ringgit in cost savings allows for companies to re-invest in other key areas, to innovate and increase their productivity and competitiveness in the local landscape to realize the synthesis of technology and IT infrastructure,” Si said.