Virtualization is on rampage

Virtualization is a hot topic these days. The “mobilization” of personal computing is driving the growth of cloud infrastructures and virtualitazion is a basic requirement of PaaS (Platform as Service) and SaaS (Software as Service) setups.

The latest V-index report, a study performed by the independent market research company Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Veeam, give us a hint of how will be the future market. The researchers surveyed 587 companies across United Kingdom, France, Germany and United States. The 38.9% of the sample are actually adopting virtualization technologies and the consolidation ratio, the number of VMs compared to the number of physical servers, is 5:1.

On the server-side, the most adopted hypervisor is VMware with a share of 67.6%, followed by Microsoft Hyper-V (16.4%) and Citrix XenServer (14.4%). In the VDI (desktop virtualization) market, VMware leads again (54.2%) while Microsoft’s share (20.3%) is lower than Citrix’s (24.2%).

The 38% of surveyed companies plan to change the hypervisor and the main reason is the cost of the license. VMware recently changed license policies for the fifth release of their platform vSphere and many CTOs don’t like them. In the meanwhile Microsoft published its roadmap for Windows 8 and Windows Server 8. Hyper-V will be empowered with new features like error fault toulerance, memory and storage deduplication and other improvements. The additions will make Hyper-V a valuable alternative to vSphere, at least for Windows environments.

The Redmond based company aims to increase its share in the virtualization market and doesn’t want to miss the opportunities given by the cloud revolution. For this kind of companies, that struggle to keep up with the future, it’s an obliged step to follow the evolution of personal and business computing.

The data provided by Veeam shows the relevance of virtualization and the strong growth of the market. Actually VMware has a solid leadership but, in the long term, its market share may decrease under the competitive pressure. Both Citrix and Microsoft are working hard to improve their hypervisors and we are starting to see the results of their efforts.

Virtual servers are increasing and it’s important for companies to have the tools to protect their VMs from accidents. Uranium Backup is ready to secure your VMs thanks to the support to ESXi/vSphere and Hyper-V hypervisors. Virtualized or not, our mantra remains “Protect your data, no matter what!”.

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