In increasing numbers, IT managers have tried alternatives to VMware and are seriously considering using these...
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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