Cloud and Virtualization 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. On the server side, 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. From that starting point, true software-defined compute, along with software-defined availability is possible, and beneficial, for end customers. Software-Defined Compute: Virtualization, Containers and Cloud System Software explores the server-to-virtualization, server-to-private cloud, and server-to-public cloud transitions.

Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Server virtualization
  • Availability and clustering software
  • Cloud system software (private/public cloud–enabling software)
  • The role of container technology as a virtualization layer
  • Operating system virtualization
  • OpenStack, CloudStack, Hyper-V Cloud, VMware vCloud Suite
  • The relationship between server virtualization, network I/O, and storage virtualization
  • Infrastructure and platform clouds

Core Research

  • Worldwide Virtual Machine Software (VMS) Forecast
  • Worldwide Availability and Clustering Software Forecast
  • Cloud System Software Technology and Usage
  • The Convergence of Availability and Clustering Software Together with Virtualization Software

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 Hyper-V and Xen?
  3. What virtualization and software-defined solutions are moving in the firmware, hardware, software, and management layers, and what impact will those changes have on virtualization?
  4. What needs do customers cite for their availability and clustering concerns? How will availability be delivered in tomorrow's world?
  5. What is the role that containers play in a virtualized compute environment?
  6. What are the tie-in points between virtualization and cloud computing, and how can virtualization users prepare for cloud?
  7. How are related virtualization technologies such as network virtualization and storage virtualization evolving?
  8. What are the market size and five-year forecast for virtualization software vendor revenuer?

Meet the Experts
Al Gillen
Program Vice President, Servers and System Software
Matthew Eastwood
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenter