Forbes  4 hrs ago  Comment 
IT teams have long praised the value server and storage virtualization bring to their companies. They now see that virtualizing their network layer is the next game changer.
Motley Fool  Nov 18  Comment 
The software virtualization specialist revealed a surprising spinoff along with a new long-term business model.
Cellular News  Nov 4  Comment 
Greater network flexibility and improved operational efficiencies are the chief drivers for implementing network functions virtualization (NFV) within the backhaul network, Click here for more.
Cloud Computing  Oct 28  Comment 
Agema Systems, a provider of high performance Next-Gen Open Networking platform, invites network and virtualization professionals to attend Agema portfolio of 1G/10G/25G/40G and 100G product introduction at Cloud Expo® 2015, November 3-5 at the...
Cloud Computing  Oct 22  Comment 
As interest in VDI grows among enterprises, many are finding its implementation more challenging than they anticipated. Successful desktop virtualization requires a powerful, secure, reliable infrastructure that delivers a seamless user...
Motley Fool  Oct 22  Comment 
The desktop virtualization specialist popped after an enouraging third-quarter report.
Reuters  Oct 20  Comment 
VMware Inc reported quarterly revenue that beat analysts' estimates as demand rose for its virtualization software that helps cut the cost of moving data to the cloud.
Cloud Computing  Oct 14  Comment 
Modern Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) fundamentally breaks most traditional security tools and approaches. The number of environments used by enterprises is exploding beyond traditional data centers and virtualization. Workloads are becoming...
TechCrunch  Oct 12  Comment 
 Alongside the not-unexpected news that Dell would acquire EMC in a record $67.1 billion deal, EMC-controlled VMware released an early look at its Q3 results: The virtualization giant said it expects to post $1.672 billion in sales, with...
Benzinga  Oct 8  Comment 
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY), a virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced it has partnered with iPro, a value added solution provider of healthcare technology and services based in Calhoun, GA, that serves over 300...


Computer virtualization is a technology that enables multiple operating systems to run on one physical computer. This technology has several important implications:

  • It allows a computers' tasks to be abstracted from a physical machine. As a result, backup and disaster recovery are much more flexible and comprehensive, and data can be moved or restored to a different machine in a matter of seconds. This alleviates the need to have duplicate copies of every business critical machine and reduces IT costs.
  • Computer hardware resources are more flexible. A powerful computer can run multiple tasks concurrently across different operating systems such as Linux, UNIX, Windows, and Mac, at the same time.

Computer virtualization is just starting to gain widespread acceptance, and its main customers are telecommunications firms, pharmaceutical companies, and technology-related businesses.

Companies involved in virtualization

2006 breakdown of the $900MM server virtualization market
2006 breakdown of the $900MM server virtualization market
  • VMware Inc. (VMW) holds a commanding lead in the computer virtualization market. With its recent IPO, the company is well-positioned to continue its growth as the market for such products expands.
  • Microsoft (MSFT), Novell (NOVL), XenSource, and Red Hat (Linux) all participate in the virtualization market as well.
  • Apple (AAPL) could be developing its own virtualization software.

Trends and forces

Virtualization software holding fort in downturn

Which business software categories are bearing the brunt of the economic downturn in 2008? Enterprise Resource Planning, Document and Enterprise Content Management, and Customer Relationship Management Software have all been hard hit.

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But on the bright side, corporate spending for Virtualization Software has increased significantly, with VMware strengthening its domination over this market. This shows points to a significant trend that considering that Virtualization is in its growth stage, its relatively less vulnerable to the downturn.

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None of the other major competitors have exhibited anything like this explosive growth, although Citrix (26%; up 5-pts) has also shown a jump in current share. Looking at planned corporate software purchases over the next 6 months, VMware (73%; down 3-pts) towers over the rest of the market, with better than a four-fold lead over its closest competitors. But once again, Citrix (15%; up 8-pts) is showing momentum going forward.

Thus, in a depressed corporate spending environment, Virtualization is one of the only software spaces showing an increase in purchasing going forward

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