Software-Defined Compute: Virtualization, Containers and Cloud System Software
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What began as virtualization of servers has expanded into a far more wide-reaching approach to software-defined control over server hardware resources. Virtualization has transitioned into a mainstream technology in today's datacenters and is widely used to increase hardware utilization as well as lower server operational costs in the datacenter. Virtualized infrastructures are proving to be a direct on-ramp into cloud computing, and cloud computing starts with a private cloud for most large organizations. In addition, containers have emerged, reinvented by Docker, as a disruptive technology that works in conjunction with VMs and cloud system software. Software-defined compute is about not only the virtualization of the underlying server and OS resources but also API enabling the entire infrastructure into a malleable and programmable instrument needed for tomorrow's agile cloud. Software-Defined Compute: Virtualization, Containers and Cloud System Software explores the individual technologies as well as the intersections and synergies between virtualization, container, and cloud system software.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Server virtualization
  • Multi-hypervisor deployments
  • Cloud system software (private/public cloud–enabling software)
  • Operating system virtualization (software containers)
  • OpenStack, CloudStack, Microsoft Cloud OS, VMware vCloud
  • The relationship between server virtualization, containers, and cloud system software
  • IaaS private clouds
  • Connecting on-premises virtualized and cloud infrastructure to public clouds (hybrid cloud)

Core Research

  • Worldwide Software Defined Compute Market Shares and Forecast
  • Worldwide Virtual Machine Software Market Shares and Forecast
  • Worldwide Software Containers Forecast
  • Worldwide Cloud System Software Market Shares and Forecast
  • Cloud System Software Technology and Usage
  • Software Containers Technology and Usage
  • Virtual Machine Software Technology and Usage
  • IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Cloud System Software Vendor Assessment

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.

Key Questions Answered

  1. How is OpenStack evolving, and what impact will it have on VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix?
  2. How is KVM evolving, and is it capturing more market share? What is the future for Xen?
  3. Is Hyper-V gaining traction, and is Microsoft competing effectively with VMware?
  4. What virtualization and software-defined solutions are moving into the firmware, hardware, software, and management layers, and what impact will those changes have on virtualization and cloud infrastructure?
  5. Will containers replace or supplement VMs?
  6. How do containers intersect with and overlay on top of hypervisors and cloud system software?
  7. What are the tie-in points between virtualization, containers, and cloud computing, and how can virtualization users prepare for cloud?
  8. What is the market size and five-year forecast for virtualization, containers, and cloud system software?
  9. How do next-generation, cloud native applications drive infrastructure software choices?

Meet the Experts
Al Gillen
Group Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure