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Poll Results: How many virtual Windows machines are you currently supporting?

See how your TechRepublic peers answered this question: How many virtual Windows machines are you currently supporting?

On October 28, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog a poll question:

How many virtual Windows machines are you currently supporting?

The point of this question was to gauge how fast virtualization support is increasing for information technology professionals year to year. We will ask this question again next year and see what trends are revealed.

As of the date of this poll, the number of supported virtual Windows machines for most respondents remains less than 20. What are your plans for 2011 for virtualization? Do you plan on deploying more virtual workstations and servers?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

4 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

If someone has 25 systems and all of them are virtual, it says a lot more than some one with 50 virtual machines out of 1000.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Particularly MSVM cause it has a very simple interface. With so many cross version compatability problems, testers, developers, even management, all need virtual machines of their own. I myself have 3, a Win2000 machine, a disposable XP machine that I do damage testing on, and a Win7 machine for future version testing. I also have a separate box that could be virtualized that runs Office 2000, where as my main box runs 2003. Our Testers have virtual machines for the stranger environments, some for example have funky date times that require a registry change that breaks the standard system, but the custom system works only with that date/time setting. So we give them a virtual machine for those. I used to have 3 computers on my desk, and that Office 2000 box, also was my Win2000 machine (2 HDD's, had to open it up and switch the IDE cables to change systems). I love virtual machines. Now if I need another computer, I just open up MSVM and click NEW and go ask the IT folks for a disc.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What are your plans for 2011 for virtualization? Do you plan on deploying more virtual workstations and servers?

jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527
jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527

We've completed both a POC and a pilot in 2010, and are planning a rollout of 150-200 virtual machines internally, plus 20-40 for road warriors, all using VMware and View 4.5. For us, the cost savings, added security and ease of administration just make it a great solution. We've run into a few hurdles and hiccups, but I believe by 2012 we'll have a good portion of our task workers in the VDI environment.

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