Symantec Report Finds SMBs Not Protecting Virtual Machines
Are you an SMB looking to deploy a virtualization strategy? It’s a smart idea, but according to Symantec, if you’re not securing those VMs, you’re doing yourself a disservice. A recent global survey by Symantec shows only 15 percent of 658 respondents actually are protecting their VMs. Could this mean channel opportunities?
Symantec’s survey found virtualization was a high-ticket item among survey respondents, with 70 percent saying that reducing capital expenditure was their main reason in migrating to virtualization strategies. It’s smart, and it’s true, virtualization is a future-proof way to plan for growth and has a plethora of cost-saving benefits and IT management perks. But it seems some small businesses many be deploying virtualization with little planning — 60 percent cited performance problems as a top challenge, with 56 percent saying that security and patching was an issue.
Symantec finds the results of the survey more distressing, because despite these issues, only 15 percent backed up their VMs and 23 percent backed up “infrequently or not at all.” Worse, only 40 percent of the respondents were “completely secured,” with 78 percent admitting they lacked antivirus protection for virtual servers and 74 percent had decided to ignore using endpoint security software. Symantec, naturally, said fully planning a virtualization strategy before deploying one is an easy way to fix this (and of course, Symantec has its own portfolio of security solutions to choose from).
But here’s a bigger picture for the channel: For VARs reaching out to the SMB community, already having a bundled security and virtualization solution, including a deployment and installation package, could be exactly what fumbling small businesses are looking for. Priced right, it could be an easy sell. It also means there’s plenty of opportunity for security and virtualization VARs to attack the small-business space. Clearly, the size of the company doesn’t limit the interest in using more sophisticated technology to save on costs and improve productivity. Educating small businesses on how big technology can fit their needs could be an easy value-add, too.
We’ll see if small business virtualization technology is an up-and-coming trend, especially since VMware’s VMworld 2011 kicks off soon.