This IDC study examines the rapidly changing world of server virtualization. Virtualization's impact is not limited to servers; storage, security, networking, datacenter facilities, management, and I/O are also affected. Now, virtualization's wide-ranging impact and the demands of cloud create the need for a holistic, end-to-end approach within the datacenter. Virtualization served as the catalyst for a major wave of change within the datacenter, and yet another wave is emerging as cloud technology takes hold.
The emergence of bona fide competitors for VMware products creates significant opportunities for IT buyers, especially those deploying new applications. This document answers the following questions:
- What are core drivers for server virtualization?
- How does server virtualization affect the datacenter?
- How are viable new competitive products affecting the vendor landscape?
- How and under what circumstances should IT buyers create a strategy to migrate to a multiple hypervisor strategy?
"Hypervisors have been a catalyst for datacenter transformation," says Gary Chen, research manager for IDC's Enterprise Virtualization Software program. "When organizations are deploying virtualization, they must consider that this is not just a server issue; virtualization will change the way everything in the datacenter works and requires a holistic, end-to-end approach. Nonetheless, it is an essential part of the cloud of the future."
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