New stats on virtualization adoption: News in brief

Virtualization adoption is on the rise, even as server shipments decline, and other news briefs

Virtualization gains steam as server shipments contract
Gartner Inc.and IDC both released numbers this week that show virtualization adoption is going strong.

Gartner reported that today, 16% of x86 server workloads run in a virtual machine, but by 2012, that the number will increase to about 50%. The main driver for the rapid increase in virtualization adoption will be small businesses, which are just starting down the virtualization road. .

Meanwhile, the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker released reported that 16.5% of all server shipments in the second quarter of 2009 run virtualization software, up from 14.5% the previous year. At the same time, server shipments decreased year over year by 21%, and virtualization license revenue declined 18.7%..

NetApp releases VMware vCenter plug-in
NetApp released the Virtual Storage Console (VSC), a plug-in for VMware vCenter that gives VMware administrators visibility into NetApp FAS series storage arrays. VSC reports available storage per data store/logical unit number/volume, the amount of savings obtained with NetApp de-duplication, and controller health. VSC 1.0 is supported on ESX 4.x, and has limited support for ESX 3.5 environments. It can be downloaded here.

CA tools peer deeper into VMware
CA launched a raft of new products this week that feature virtualization enhancements. CA Spectrum Service Assurance helps find the root cause of service problems across systems, networks, databases and applications, running in physical or virtual environments. The CA Spectrum Automation Manager r11.7 includes new physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) server provisioning tools, and extended support for VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, IBM LPAR and Sun Solaris. And, CA eHealth Performance Manager r6.2 can now discover VMware and other virtual environments, while CA Insight Database Performance Manager r11.3 can monitor database performance in VMware environments -- even across hot migrations using VMware VMotion -- without user interaction, and can monitor the VMware vCenter Server repository.

For more information about CA's virtualization management tools can be found here.

Let us know what you think about the story; email: Alex Barrett, News Director.

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