SOURCE: TheInfoPro

July 31, 2008 12:47 ET

VMware Continues as Leading In-Use and In-Plan Virtualization Provider; As Spending Growth Moderates, an Untapped Virtualization Market Could See Shifts in Leading Providers by 2010

Eighty-Eight Percent (88%) of Large Organizations Indicate That They Are Not Even Considering Switching From VMware to Another Provider

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - TheInfoPro (TIP), an independent research network and leading supplier of market intelligence for the Information Technology (IT) industry, today announced that VMware is entrenched as the lead virtualization provider throughout the remainder of 2008. In addition, 49% of VMware customers report that it would be hard to switch to another vendor because of the time and money that has been invested not only in the product, but in the tools and training as well.

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"Enterprise organizations are currently expressing strong loyalty toward VMware, and it continues to receive the highest customer ratings," says Bob Gill, Managing Director of Server research for TheInfoPro. "However, with future goals for virtualization increasing in complexity, in addition to a still-untapped market for virtualizing production applications, plus well-rated, credible alternatives recently being introduced to the space, there is a strong possibility that VMware's dominance will come under attack, despite current customer loyalty."

Additional key findings on the state of the virtualization market include:

--  Nearly 40% of respondents report that consolidating physical servers
    for cost reduction is the key driver of virtualization in their enterprise,
    while another 25% cited consolidating physical servers for reduction of the
    data center footprint as key.
    
--  Forty percent (40%) of organizations interviewed report that today's
    key goal for virtualization is reducing the number of currently existing
    physical servers.  However, the key goals cited for virtualization in 2010
    are dynamic provisioning and disaster recovery.
    
--  Server decision-makers' greatest concern regarding server
    virtualization continues to be performance under load.  The majority of
    them have yet to determine how performance will be affected by overhead of
    virtualization software, in addition to the added load of sharing a
    physical box with other applications.
    
--  Despite the large percentage of users planning and investigating
    virtualization, the market is still very much untapped.  Nearly 40% state
    that less than 5% of their servers host virtualization today, but only 15%
    report that less than 5% of all new servers in 2008 will host
    virtualization.  By 2010, 70% of organizations believe that over 50% of all
    new servers deployed will host virtualization.
    
--  Virtualization software providers* cited as being in use or in plan
    include: 4Base Technology,  Avocent, Archstone Consulting, BMC Software,
    Brocade, Chip PC, CiRBA, Citrix, Compellent, DirectAdmin, Enigmatec, HP,
    IBM, Leostream, Lex Systems, Microsoft, NetApp, Novell, Parallels, PerfMan,
    Red Hat, Sun, Symantec, TeamQuest, UltraBac, Vizioncore,  VMware,  and Wyse
    Technology.
    

*Software providers being listed cover a variety of virtualization technologies including: Virtualization movement and deployment utilities, virtualization planning and configuration utilities, virtual machine software for mid-tier / application servers, virtual machine software for edge / web servers, desktop virtualization services and OS-based virtualization services

About The Study

Over 160 one-on-one hour-long interviews were conducted with Fortune 1000 (F1000) and Midsize Enterprise (MSE) end users for the Wave 6 Server Study, providing commentary and insight on their Server adoption plans, management strategies, and vendor performance with regard to key technologies.

Server Technology providers that were mentioned throughout the study include: 3PAR, Acronis, Agami, AMD, APC, Aperture Technologies, Attachmate, Avocent, BigFix, Blade Network Technologies, Blue Coat, BMC Software, Brocade, CA, Cisco, Citrix, CommVault, Compellent, Configuresoft, Data Domain, Dell, Determina, Egenera, EMC, Emulex, Extreme Networks, F5 Networks, Foundry Networks, Fujitsu Siemens, GFI, HDS, HP, IBM, Intel, Ipswitch, Juniper, LSI Logic, Lumension, Managed Objects, Microsoft, Nagios, NetApp, Netezza, Nortel, Novell, ONStor, OPNET, Oracle, Parallels, QLogic, Quest Software, Rackable Systems, Red Hat, Riverbed, SAP, Shavlik, SolarWinds, Sun, Symantec, Virtual Iron, Vizioncore, VMware, and Wyse Technology.

About TheInfoPro

TheInfoPro (TIP) is the only independent research network for the Information Technology (IT) industry. Created in 2002 by alumni of Gartner, EMC, Giga, and Bell Labs, TIP investigates key IT sectors -- Networking, Information Security, Servers, Storage, and Sourcing -- via a comprehensive in-depth interview process. Through a peer network of over 1800 of the world's largest buyers and users of IT -- including Citigroup, FedEx, McGraw-Hill, MasterCard, and Harvard University -- TIP delivers detailed budget, vendor performance and technology roadmap data without spin or bias. Known as the voice of the customer, TIP helps IT professionals, technology providers, and institutional investors make sound decisions on technologies, vendor relationships and investments. To learn more, visit www.theinfopro.net or call 1-212-672-0010

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