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Virtualization: No Traction from Open Source Alternatives

By Dick Weisinger

VMWare continues to lead the virtualization market.  Open Source alternatives just aren’t getting any traction.

A recent survey by OpsView of IT managers looked at how IT shops are using virtualization technology.  75 percent of businesses report that they’ve now virtualized all of their IT infrastructure.  The trends toward which virtualization technologies are being used is as follows:

  • 54 percent prefer VMWare when using virtualization
  • 18 percent say that they prefer Microsoft’s HyperV
  • 12 percent say that they prefer Open Source options like KVM and Xen

Tom Callway, marketing manager at Opsview, said, “what was surprising was the lack of traction by open source virtualization technologies such as KVM and Xen. Similarly open source private cloud initiatives like CloudStack and OpenStack didn’t feature in our respondents plans as strongly as we’d anticipated.  As enterprises complete their virtualization projects and turn toward private cloud initiatives, there will be significant opportunity for cloud IaaS technology vendors in the future.”

The report also found that about 25 percent of IT departments had already adopted Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions with 35 percent planning to use it in the near future.  56 percent were using Amazon’s AWS for IaaS, and 19 percent opted for Rackspace.

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