Virtualization Just Getting Started

Arthur Cole

With all the talk about clouds these days it would seem that plain Jane virtualization is old hat. In reality, though, the technology is just getting started.

Gartner reported this week that it estimates the server and desktop virtualization market is poised to grow 43 percent in the coming year, hitting $2.7 billion from 2008's $1.9 billion. Within the next five years or so, the company expects fully 60 percent of server workloads to be virtualized compared to the current 12 percent.

That growth will naturally carry a number of virtualization-related technologies with it. Virtual management solutions should bring in about $1.3 billion in revenues in 2009, a 42 percent jump. Virtual infrastructure sales are expected to hit $1.1 billion, up 22.5 percent.

Gartner also says VMware will maintain its dominance over the virtual market for the next five years, although Microsoft will likely eat into that lead and possibly emerge as the leader in the 2013 time frame.

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