Virtualization Decisions 2009 Purchasing Intentions Survey results

VM deployments are on the rise, VMware and Microsoft have pulled away from the competition in the server virtualization market, and desktop virtualization is still catching on.

The results of TechTarget's first "Virtualization Decisions 2009 Purchasing Intentions Survey" are out, shedding light on the latest trends in the server and desktop virtualization markets.

Between June and September, 930 IT professionals that have deployed or evaluated server and desktop virtualization took the survey. They talked about their virtualization plans, the platforms they use and the challenges they face. Here are some interesting statistics:

  • More than 50% of respondents are expanding their virtual machine (VM) deployments this year.
  • Dell servers are the most popular hardware choice in the server virtualization market, with about 53% of respondents virtualizing them this year. Nearly 38% identified Dell as their primary server hardware vendor for running VMs.
  • Windows Server 2003 is the predominant server operating system (OS) in virtual environments. More than 87% of respondents currently have the OS installed, and nearly 80% use it for mission-critical applications. Among open source OSes, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the most popular, with an install base of almost 36%.

The following stories about the "Virtualization Decisions 2009 Purchasing Intentions Survey" -- and our sister site's "Data Center Decisions 2009 Purchasing Intentions Survey" -- give a snapshot of the server and desktop virtualization markets:

VMware, Hyper-V leave others in the dust

VMware Inc. is still the dominant server virtualization platform -- 72% of virtualization survey respondents identified it as their primary platform. But Microsoft, with Hyper-V and Virtual Server, has emerged as the clear No. 2. No other platform registered more than 1% market share, making the server virtualization market a two-horse race.

Desktop virtualization intrigues IT pros

Bad news: More than one-third of respondents have no interest in deploying desktop virtualization. Good news: About 20% have deployed it in some way, and another 40% plan to either this year or next year. Early adopters say reduced management costs are the main driver for desktop virtualization deployments.

Blade server popularity cools

The number of data center managers buying blade servers hasn't exactly taken off this year, according to the "Data Center Decisions 2009 Purchasing Intentions Survey." Last year, 35% of respondents said they would buy more blade servers, and that number decreased to 28% this year. But blades are still popular in the server virtualization market, with 26% of respondents standardizing on them this year, compared to 20% for rack servers.

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