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June 2015, Volume 4, Issue 6

Server virtualization technologies under siege

No one is ready to declare virtualization technology dead, but some say it's beginning to smell funny. All of the major virtualization players have started to feel the tremors of change stomping their way. The change agents doing most of the stomping are armed with a variety of container technologies and revitalized approaches to bare-metal computing. This has forced companies, including VMware, IBM, Microsoft and Red Hat, to make significant course corrections in order to remain relevant. "Virtualization is not through innovating, but it's at a point where that innovation isn't moving anyone forward anymore," said Carl Brooks, an analyst with 451 Research. "Bare metal is more interesting because you can orchestrate it the same way you orchestrate virtual machines, and the delta with capacity and resource consumption is orders of magnitude greater than what you get with virtualization." Users committed to traditional virtualization technologies but that want to explore containers or bare metal have more than a few questions. ...

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