News Stay informed about the latest enterprise technology news and product updates.

The best virtualization products of 2009

Judges have selected the best virtualization products of 2009 in six categories: platforms, management, backup and storage, security, hardware, and desktop virtualization.

More than a year has elapsed since the economic downturn began, and the year 2009 was again marked by contracting IT budgets, fewer data center staff and, of course, more assets for IT staff to manage.

Despite the clear stalling in many areas of IT spending, the virtualization market has roared along. Virtualization technologies have provided IT managers with tangible and immediate ways to save on hardware and energy costs, augment data center flexibility, and even improve server management and performance. Within the virtualization marketplace, many technologies emerged in 2009 that were innovative, cost saving, or just downright functional.

Today, has announced the winners of its annual Products of the Year awards, a sampling of the companies we and our judges believe are best positioned to provide great products in 2010 and beyond.

The awards span six areas of virtualization technology:

Winners were selected from a pool of products announced and shipped between Nov. 1, 2008, and Nov. 1, 2009, and were submitted by vendors and users. Awards were granted based on innovation, value, performance, reliability and ease of use.

For the record, our awards are based on the following criteria:
  • ease of integration into existing environments;
  • functionality;
  • innovation;
  • manageability;
  • performance; and
  • value.
Congratulations to all the winners of's 2009 Products of the Year awards.

Dig Deeper on Introduction to virtualization and how-tos

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.