Virtualization Adoption on the Decline

By Jeff Vance (Send Email)
Posted Dec 15, 2009


Recent research from both Gartner and IDC found virtualization adoption rates slowing down. Is it a sign of more economic gloom or industry maturization? Is it time to look beyond the large enterprises? Over at Datamation, Jeff Vance elaborates on what's next for the popular technology.


Recent research reports show the rate of enterprises adopting virtualization is on the decline. Has the silver bullet misfired, or is something else happening here?

What's going on with virtualization? The once hot technology's invasion of the data center is slowing down, at least according to recent studies from Gartner and IDC.

Gartner reported in October that "virtualization is still in its infancy," noting that "only 16% of workloads are running in virtual machines today." Meanwhile, IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker found that "worldwide virtualization software revenue declined 18.7% year over year in 2Q09."

What happened? Was it the economy? Was it obstacles like security and management? Was it the fact that vendors had been overhyping the space?

Actually, nothing much at all happened. Sure, the recession is slowing things down, but virtualization is still a bright spot in a bad economy, with adoption doubling almost every year. "When all is said and done, we expect adoption to increase by a factor of ten from 2008 to 2012," said Thomas Bittman, an analyst with Gartner.

Meanwhile, that 18.7% dip that IDC reported still represents a $344 million virtualization market for the quarter, which isn't too bad in the worst economy since the Great Depression.

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