Hyper-V may gain server virtualization market share vs. VMware

VMware's server virtualization market share could go down as the XenServer and Hyper-V vs. VMware battle heats up. Get the latest in this edition of This Week in Virtualization.

Server virtualization market share could be shifting as more organizations consider using Citrix Systems XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V.

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A recent study by TheInfoPro showed that the XenServer and Hyper-V vs. VMware battle -- historically dominated by VMware -- is shifting in favor of Citrix and Microsoft. The survey found that two-thirds of VMware shops have evaluated competing platforms, and a quarter of those organizations plan to deploy an alternative.

VMware's server virtualization market share likely won't suffer drastically, because the vast majority of these businesses will only be adding Hyper-V or XenServer to their existing VMware infrastructures -- not making wholesale replacements. Still, the study results could mean good things for the server virtualization market share of Microsoft and Citrix.

Microsoft received more good news when VKernel released a version of its Capacity Analyzer for Hyper-V. VMware has hundreds of companies that offer third-party support for its products, and that will be a requirement for Microsoft and Citrix to increase their server virtualization market share.

Get the full details on the XenServer and Hyper-V vs. VMware battle in this edition of This Week in Virtualization. Virtualization consultant Lew Smith, a product manager with Interphase Systems and blogger for Interphase Exchange, also calls in to discuss the changes he's seeing when it comes to server virtualization market share.

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This was first published in December 2009

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