Server virtualization 2010 year in review

Check out the biggest news and most popular tips as we look back on the year that was in the server virtualization market. You'll also get a sneak peek at what's in store for 2011.

By Colin Steele, Senior Site Editor

Another year is in the books, and it was quite the busy one in the server virtualization market.

Server virtualization is now an accepted, mature data center technology, but with this evolution came new challenges around management and security. And vendors released new products, acquired other companies and hired top experts to help customers address these problems.

This server virtualization year in review covers all the news and issues that affected users in 2010. Find out what the most important stories of the year were, and check out our readers' most popular tips. There are also predictions about what 2011 has in store for the server virtualization market.

Top 10 server virtualization news stories of 2010
VMware released vSphere 4.1, Microsoft announced Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V and Red Hat threw its weight behind KVM virtualization. But new products didn't completely dominate the headlines in 2010. Find out what else caught readers' eyes and influenced the market in this list of the year's top server virtualization news stories.

Top 5 VMware news stories of 2010
VMware drew a record 17,000 attendees to this year's VMworld conference, where vCloud Director and View 4.5 made their debuts. VMware stepped outside its server virtualization comfort zone in 2010 with these new cloud computing and desktop virtualization products, to mixed results. Find out what else the company was up to in this list of the top VMware news stories of 2010.

Top 10 server virtualization tips of 2010
Readers clamored for in-depth information about VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer in 2010, and these tips delivered. Our top 10 server virtualization tips of the year covered the big storage, networking and licensing issues that users grappled with. Articles about virtualization commands and the different kinds of hypervisors also made the list.

Top 10 VMware tips of 2010
Judging by this list of the most popular VMware tips, managing VMware infrastructures and improving performance were very important issues for users in 2010. Readers also sought information on new VMware trends, including the hypervisor shift from ESX to ESXi and booting ESXi from a USB drive. And a few desktop virtualization tips made the cut as well.

2011 predictions from our advisory board
Cloud computing was the IT buzzword of 2010. Will 2011 be the year that cloud becomes a data center reality? Or will other technologies dominate the virtualization discussion? Find out what members of the Server Virtualization Advisory Board have to say as they make their 2011 virtualization predictions.

VMware year in review
TechTarget editors and experts joined the VMware Communities Roundtable podcast to discuss VMware's biggest news of 2010 and predict what 2011 has in store for the virtualization market leader. Find out what Brian Madden, Mike Laverick and others had to say about per-VM licensing, vSphere 4.1 and virtual desktop infrastructure.

This was first published in January 2011

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