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Announcing our 2011 virtualization predictions contest winner

The winner of our 2011 virtualization predictions contest is Mike Preston, an IT pro for a school district in Ontario, Canada. Here’s what he thinks the new year has in store for the virtualization market:

Smaller companies are going to thrive as VMware continues to change licensing models. This will only happen, however, if these companies continue to license the way they currently do.

Also, after listening to the VMware Communities podcast, I agree that 2011 will not be the year of VDI, and if you aren’t using VDI now, you won’t be next year, either. The only exception I can see to this is in the education market. Education is slowly coming around to server virtualization, and I can see the cost savings of implementing a VDI solution almost immidiately. The simple fact is, education markets such as ours perform hardware renewals on a yearly basis, and that usually consists of roughly 1000 PCs a year on a five-year cycle. This is a lot of money, which could be offset by a lab or two of thin clients in some of our locations.

Due to the fact that businesses are starting to deliver their own private clouds, you will also see a massive explosion on the market relating to performance-monitoring and security tools, as well as companies investing heavily into their network infrastructure and storage environments.

Mike wins two virtualization books, “Grow a Greener Data Center” by Douglas Alger and “VMware VI and vSphere SDK: Managing the VMware Infrastructure and vSphere” by Steve Jin. Congratulations, Mike!

Check our site next week to see what our Server Virtualization Advisory Board members predict for 2011.

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