Virtualization vendor comparisons
- March 13, 2019
As container adoption surges, the management tools organizations need to support these deployments at scale are still in their infancy.
- February 17, 2016
The latest hyper-converged appliance from VMware and VCE is built around VMware software integration, while Nutanix gives users a way to easily move applications off VMware's hypervisor.
- September 01, 2015
The Best of VMworld 2015 Awards recognize the most innovative new server virtualization, cloud and end-user computing products.
- December 17, 2014
One day two companies are working together. The next, they are competing at the same level. Coopetition can create a virtualization soap opera.
- May 16, 2014
In this podcast, we shed light on Citrix and VMware end-user product roadmaps with a recent news recap and an interview with VMware CTO Kit Colbert.
- December 20, 2013
With the majority of costumers sticking with VMware vSphere, Red Hat has changed its tune with RHEV 3.3.
- July 19, 2013
Open source virtualization software has improved, and admins want more choice, but VMware and Hyper-V still dominate the market.
- June 25, 2013
Citrix is giving away the whole XenServer kit and caboodle in an attempt to win over cloud providers and the businesses they serve.
- June 13, 2013
Some IT departments have turned to low-cost, flexible virtualization platforms, such as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, to lower VMware costs.
- April 19, 2013
VMware customers can use the emergence of Hyper-V and other competitors to get better deals. If not, adopting these platforms is now a viable option.
- October 11, 2012
VMware vCloud updates, as well as plans for enterprise-wide storage virtualization, have sparked only lukewarm reactions from the IT community.
- September 26, 2012
While Microsoft and VMware offer fixes to soothe unhappy users, Red Hat hopes to break into the storage market, and the virtualization industry has plenty to say.
- September 13, 2012
Twitter seems to be the IT admin’s venue of choice to vent virtualization frustrations about everything from vSphere and VMware View to Windows VMs.
- August 28, 2012
A panel of more than 10 industry experts selected the best technologies for TechTarget'’s Best of VMworld 2012 awards. And the winners are …
- July 25, 2012
On the surface, the future of virtualization is bright. But, as more workloads are virtualized, new and complex infrastructure problems arise.
- July 13, 2012
Citrix will add shared-nothing storage live migration to XenServer, to compete with Microsoft's Hyper-V.
- July 12, 2012
Microsoft's Hyper-V growth rate in units shipped outstripped VMware's vSphere as of the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC data. But do these numbers tell the whole story?
- July 10, 2012
When Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 ships, Hyper-V shops will have fewer licensing options. Some IT pros say that’s a good thing.
- June 29, 2012
Couldn’t make it to this year’s Red Hat Summit and JBoss World? We hit the high points with quotes and insight from the event.
- June 28, 2012
As Microsoft and VMware battle for supremacy in cloud management and virtualization, Red Hat offers new pricing deals. But price has never been the problem for Red Hat's software.
- June 22, 2012
This week, users chimed in on the VMware vs. Microsoft pricing and licensing war and critics questioned VMware’s Hadoop-on-vSphere strategy.
- June 19, 2012
Is cost savings on Hyper-V licenses enough to justify ripping and replacing the underpinnings of an entire VMware virtual infrastructure?
- June 19, 2012
For an accurate view of the competition between these industry titans, it’s best to look at the big picture in private and public cloud, experts say.
- June 19, 2012
Comparing vSphere and Hyper-V list prices to determine which is cheaper often doesn’t translate into real-world costs for organizations.
- June 19, 2012
They’re time-honored questions: Is Hyper-V cheaper than vSphere? Does vSphere still have more advanced features? The answers may surprise you.
- June 15, 2012
The virtualization world had plenty to say this week about TechEd, VMware vs. Hyper-V and mobile computing. A little bird told us – the Twitter bird.
- June 08, 2012
Veeam has new “freemium” software, VMware patched a hole in its vFabric, and Oracle Cloud doesn’t play well with others. Read what people said about this week in virtualization.
- May 31, 2012
To automate or not to automate? That is the question among forward-thinking IT pros and some virtualization capacity management vendors.
- May 02, 2012
Users making the switch from VMware to Hyper-V say they’ll save on licensing costs, but migration plans can be stymied by Linux VM migrations and long-term licensing agreements.
- April 04, 2012
Open source Xen initially caused a stir in the industry, but a series of moves from Linux vendors has stunted the hypervisor’s adoption rate.
- February 22, 2012
Some small Hyper-V shops look to third-party Hyper-V monitoring and reporting tools as an alternative to the new mammoth Microsoft System Center 2012 bundles.
- January 19, 2012
RHEV 3.1 will include storage live migration and other KVM virtualization management features that will give server virtualization users a viable alternative to Microsoft and VMware.
- January 13, 2012
Security software giant McAfee is one of a growing number of enterprises running VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer together. Here’s how it manages multiple hypervisors.
- January 04, 2012
Virtualization management tools will increasingly support heterogeneous hypervisors, and there will be a number of acquisitions in this space next year, IT pros and experts predict.
- January 03, 2012
If Hyper-V 3 comes to market as expected by the end of this year, users say it will give VMware’s vSphere 5 a run for its money -- literally.
- December 20, 2011
Part two of our top 10 server virtualization news stories of 2011 covers the release of VMware vSphere 5, the vSphere 5 licensing controversy and Linux support for Xen.
- November 17, 2011
VKernel’s prowess in the capacity planning department will help Quest take on VMware’s vCenter Operations in the virtualization management market, experts say.
- October 11, 2011
Respondents in our 2011 Virtualization Decisions survey gave Citrix XenServer and Red Hat KVM a new look.
- October 11, 2011
As the search for cost savings leads more VMware shops to Hyper-V and XenServer, IT pros learn that multi-hypervisor management is a tough nut to crack.
- October 07, 2011
The virtualization market is more competitive, with Hyper-V gaining on VMware and XenServer doubling its market share, according to a recent survey.
- August 31, 2011
Check out the winners of the Best of VMworld Awards from TechTarget to see which vendors delivered the best virtualization technologies this year.
- August 24, 2011
New scalability and management features in Oracle VM 3.0 make it a more serious contender, experts say, but the jury’s still out on whether users will consider OVM as a primary hypervisor.
- August 04, 2011
Now in beta, XenServer 6.0 sports improvements including a more integrated distributed virtual switch, but Citrix is handing enterprise virtualization management reins over to Microsoft.
- July 29, 2011
With Oracle’s new Java 7 virtualization support policy, users fear they won’t be able to run the popular programming language -- or its apps -- on VMware or Hyper-V.
- July 06, 2011
Users aren’t sold that the Open Virtualization Alliance can promote KVM over VMware, the "safe” virtualization choice.
- June 23, 2011
Citing Citrix Essentials' overlap with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, Citrix says it will focus its development efforts elsewhere.
- June 17, 2011
If VMware buys it, will users come? The Digital Fuel acquisition will take time to sink in, especially for smaller shops that have already invested in chargeback tools.
- June 15, 2011
Free virtualization hypervisors can be tempting, but they often lack features, such as live migration and high availability, that really unlock the technology’s power.
- June 14, 2011
VMware's latest acquisition, reportedly worth $85 million, will bolster chargeback and service-level reporting within VMware’s portfolio, the company claims.
- June 07, 2011
The mainline Linux kernel now supports Xen, but the KVM horse has left the barn, say experts.
- June 06, 2011
Aston University chose Embotics’ V-Commander over VMware vCloud Director because it was more affordable and easier to set up, and to avoid being locked in with VMware.
- May 26, 2011
In a sign of more mixed virtual environments, Microsoft System Center will manage XenServer 6.0, and two new Citrix cloud initiatives will support both Hyper-V and VMware.
- May 20, 2011
Microsoft TechEd 2011 had more than its fair share of virtualization news, from Exchange support for VMware HA to Veeam’s support for Hyper-V.
- May 20, 2011
For Microsoft TechEd 2011 attendees deploying Hyper-V, integrating storage management and data replication represent the next frontier.
- May 18, 2011
Now that Microsoft Hyper-V sports Dynamic Memory and Live Migration, cost comparison with VMware’s ESX has gotten even more compelling.
- May 17, 2011
Microsoft will finally support Exchange 2010 DAG failover with VMware High Availability. The company announced the new Exchange 2010 VMware support policy at TechEd.
- May 13, 2011
Citrix will release the XenServer 6.0 beta in the run-up to its annual user conference, but some say it’s too late in the game to catch up to VMware.
- May 09, 2011
A year after Red Hat declared sole allegiance to KVM, many shops still face logistical hurdles to putting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor into production.
- May 06, 2011
Red Hat will shift its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization management server from Windows to Java and Linux. Attendees at the Red Hat Summit say the change can’t come fast enough.
- May 04, 2011
Once again, Oracle’s licensing for VMware virtual environments has irked users. This time the roadblock concerns VMware’s latest features, DRS Host Affinity and CPU pinning.
- May 02, 2011
PacketMotion's new virtual appliance can detect events and anomalies at the transaction level and stop rogue transactions as they happen, the vendor says.
- April 25, 2011
Experts say the release of VMware vCenter Operations means the race is on in the virtualization management market to deliver the most comprehensive products at the best price.
- April 15, 2011
An IBM distinguished engineer says there are major misconceptions about whether KVM is a Type 1 or Type 2 hypervisor. IT pros, meanwhile, worry about support and compatibility.
- April 07, 2011
Think of Dell vStart as a much smaller version of VCE's Vblock. These pre-configured bundles come complete with servers, storage, networking and virtualization software.
- April 05, 2011
Why would VMware acquire an online backup service from its parent company EMC that’s not good at backing up virtual machines? Observers suspect it has something to do with cloud.
- March 28, 2011
Microsoft says it will offer virtualization users a more application-oriented cloud portal than VMware’s vCloud Director; experts say VMware has ‘home-court advantage’ but should watch its back.
- March 17, 2011
VMware says its HA capability for virtual machines combined with Symantec’s AppHA allows users to make an end-run around Microsoft support policies.
- March 11, 2011
VMware buys Web app dev startup, integrates with Amazon; Veeam chases billion-dollar aspirations with Business View 2.0; NetEx offers free WAN optimization to VMware users.
- March 03, 2011
XenServer, Hyper-V and KVM users still await feature parity with VMware’s vSphere while others work through integration issues.
- January 14, 2011
Oracle rolls out VirtualBox 4.0; Citrix invests in GlassHouse Technologies and other news in brief.
- December 16, 2010
VMware and Cisco now have two pre-designed IT stacks on the market, one with EMC and one with NetApp. Is there a big difference between them? And what's still missing from both?
- December 02, 2010
EMC, VMware and Cisco's VCE coalition is hiring hundreds of new technical and sales staff to boost sales of its Vblocks, which have been slow so far.
- September 27, 2010
As speculation swirls around a possible deal for Novell's SUSE Linux operating system, virtualization experts are also eyeing Novell's PlateSpin virtualization management tools.
- September 14, 2010
Research indicates that the XenServer adoption rate outpaces its competition, and users say that XenDesktop drew them to XenServer, but other factors have kept them with Citrix's hypervisor.
- September 01, 2010
Big winners this year included Symantec, VKernel, VMware, Veeam, Kaviza
- June 25, 2010
Support for KVM server virtualization has grown, but users who make the move from KVM to Xen face a potentially complex migration process and political minefields in the data center.
- June 17, 2010
Even with the promise of tightly integrated management from Microsoft, some die-hard Windows shops opt for VMware.
- April 15, 2010
IT shops can choose between two imperfect options when purchasing VMware's software: buying VMware directly or via third parties.
- April 01, 2010
Limited guest operating system support highlights Microsoft's tricky balancing act: functioning as an operating system vendor and a virtualization vendor.
- January 12, 2010
Can VMware outrun competition from Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization? While Hyper-V has changed virtualization pricing, VMware's superior performance is still the brass ring.
- December 23, 2009
VMware, Microsoft and Citrix all released new server virtualization products in 2009. Find out which became the biggest virtualization news story of the year.
- October 26, 2009
Studying virtualization software market trends can help you choose the server virtualization software vendor that will most benefit your organization.
- October 26, 2009
A recent survey indicates that respondents want to standardize virtualization environments on one hypervisor, but VMware's high cost and growing cloud use may force heterogeneity.
- September 23, 2009
A recent survey on virtualization purchasing decisions shows that IT shops have coalesced around VMware and Microsoft hypervisors to the exclusion of all others.
- September 02, 2009
Burton Group compared VMware's vSphere, Citrix's XenServer 5.5 and Microsoft's Hyper-V R2 for production environment readiness, and it dismissed Hyper-V once again.
- September 02, 2009
The Best of VMworld 2009 Awards from TechTarget's SearchServerVirtualization.com narrowed down the best technologies in categories ranging from desktop virtualization to cloud computing.
- August 12, 2009
New competition from Microsoft, criticism from Wall Street and an unflattering Novell comparison raise questions about VMware's future virtualization dominance.
- August 04, 2009
An expert considers Microsoft's virtualization and cloud computing strategy and weighs its chances against VMware's.
- June 22, 2009
With Oracle VM 2.1.5, Oracle appears to stand firm in its commitment not to support its applications under VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer virtualization.
- June 16, 2009
Citrix Systems hopes to gain server virtualization market share with XenServer 5.5, free virtualization software that offers Active Directory integration and support for several operating systems.
- June 12, 2009
VMware customers with Enterprise licenses will be caught between paying extra for vSphere 4 or downgrading to the less feature-rich Advanced edition.
- May 26, 2009
After cracking open the door on virtualization support, Oracle slams it shut on official support for VMware and Xen hypervisors.
- May 15, 2009
Some software vendors will support virtualization only if users can re-create problems in a physical environment, which has hindered virtualization adoption.
- July 09, 2007
VMware, Microsoft and Xen have dominated the virtualization space until now. Newcomer VirtualBox competes well, according to expert Serdar Yegulalp.
- June 26, 2007
Newbies innotek, Qumranet and Parallels recently entered the virtualization arena. But can they compete against VMware, Xen and Microsoft?
- February 07, 2007
VMware is prepping a new hardware certification program that should increase the number of hardware devices supported on ESX.
- October 05, 2006
You can now buy a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 license that will allow you to run an unlimited number of virtualized guests for free.
- May 25, 2006
Are blades servers the best choice for virtualization? Or are their reputed benefits really not all they're cracked up to be? This article examines these much-hyped servers in terms of their physical space requirements, form and cost.