BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2012) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the publication of new research reports from its IT Infrastructure/Storage and Virtualization, and Business Intelligence research practices.

"Is the Hypervisor Market Expanding or Contracting?," one of three reports authored this month by Dick Csaplar, Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen IT Infrastructure/Storage and Virtualization research practice, reveals that a majority of applications are now deployed on virtualized servers. With the average rate of server virtualization at 55%, this report examines if companies are beginning to consolidate the number and type of hypervisor software being used. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit:

Next from Csaplar, "Email Archiving: EMEA Focused on Functionality, North America on Litigation" shows that while most companies worldwide have deployed an email archiving system, the motivations for doing so vary greatly on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. When queried, EMEA-based companies reported choosing their archiving solution to reduce email system cost. North American companies selected their email archiving solution with an emphasis on eDiscovery, compliance, and the ability to place emails in legal hold. Additionally, EMEA companies are more likely to use email archiving appliances while North American companies more aggressively archive in the public Cloud. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit:

Also authored by Csaplar, "Virtualization and the Dynamic Data Center: How Backup and Recovery Must Evolve" shows that data backup and recovery have not kept pace with the changes that server virtualization is bringing to the datacenter. Research shows that while server virtualization creates highly dynamic environments, disaster planning, testing and training are still being conducted as if the datacenter were entirely static. For example, 66% of companies reported they update disaster plans only annually, irregularly, after a DR event, or not at all. This rate is not sufficient to keep up with virtualization technologies such as Live Migration and Site Recovery Manager, and the changes they bring to the IT environment. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report visit:

"Visual Business Intelligence: Enabling Discovery and Delivery of Insight," prepared by Michael Lock, Vice President and Principal Analyst, in Aberdeen's Business Intelligence practice, states that as business intelligence (BI) spreads across the organization, more types of decision maker are seeing a need for the visibility and insight these solutions can provide. The challenge for many decision makers is that the analytical functionality in place is too technical or time-intensive to aid the decision process. This research investigates the so-called "front-end" of the analytical spectrum, the delivery of business insight through the use of reporting tools, dashboards, portals, and other means of getting timely and visually intuitive insight into the hands of decision makers. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

"The Grinning CFO: How to Get a Return on BI Projects in Less Than 4 Months," prepared by David White, Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen Business Intelligence research practice, indicates the widespread growth and adoption of business intelligence (BI) is partly dependent on organizations receiving value from their investments. And yet, 19% of respondents to Aberdeen's 2012 agile BI survey don't measure the time it takes to achieve a return on investment (ROI) on their BI projects. At organizations that measure the time to ROI, it took an average of 9.5 months for their last major analytics initiative to show a positive return. However, some achieve that milestone in 1/3 of that time. This report reveals how organizations can enjoy a faster ROI, and deliver projects on time more predictably. To obtain a complimentary copy of this report, visit:

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), is a global, full-service, multi-channel marketing services firm with deep expertise in developing research-based technology marketing content. Enabled by its team of 40 analysts covering 17 industry-sector categories, Aberdeen provides B2B marketers with relevant content assets available in multiple formats that target each stage of the customer buying cycle. 

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