In increasing numbers, IT managers have tried alternatives to VMware and are seriously considering using these...
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virtualization alternatives in production.A survey conducted by market research firm The Info Pro this fall found that 75% of respondents use VMware today, but that almost two-thirds of those had evaluated a competing virtualization platform. Of those, 27% said they intended to deploy an alternative, and another 20% said they are considering doing so.
Among the 47% of VMware shops considering an alternative, it's unclear exactly how a migration would play out: by tier, by location or by application. Gill posited that some shops might insist on running VMware for Tier 1 applications, but that Hyper-V might be "good enough" for less critical applications. Alternately, shops that decide to go down the road of heterogenous hypervisors might run VMware in data centers and Hyper-V at remote offices, or use Citrix XenServer to complement XenDesktop virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments. The Info Pro has identified a likely inflection point for bringing in a VMware alternative: a server refresh to Windows Server 2008 R2. "Hyper-V is in there, latent, and people might just say, 'Go ahead, throw that in there,'" Gill said. If the Info Pro's predictions come true in the coming year, "Virtualization could be more of a horse race than we thought."
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