Virtualization market to hit $11.7 Billion by 2011

By Justin Mann on July 11, 2007, 8:48 PM
Over the past few years, we've heard a ton about virtualization. While it still is a relatively small bit of the market, virtualized servers and services has claims from all sides saying it is going to be the “next big thing”. With giants like AMD, Intel, Microsoft and IBM pushing it, that's probably true.

Just how big will it get, however? According to the IDC, they predict that virtualization will command a massive $11.7 Billion market within the next four years. That's an awfully short time for such a big piece.

The press release details their analysis and why they are predicting this, with a lot of weight being put into the virtualization of x86 and x86-64 servers. They also claim that the evolving market is rapidly changing their mind regarding virtualized services, and seeing the benefits they could provide.

While $11.7 Billion is no small figure, it doesn't surprise me at all. All sorts of modern problems, such as space premiums at datacenters, power-hungry machines needing consolidation, redundancy and a host of others, all have virtualization as a potential solution. It isn't a magic wand, but with every major player leaning that direction it can only get big.

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9Nails said:
That's because they charge so #$%$!! much for the software!I suppose they have to choose between charging an arm and a leg to the minority wealthy vs. an affordable price and supporting millions of customers.
Canadian said:
I just downloaded the Microsoft Virtual PC program, and I am trying to use it to get Mac os on my laptop.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by 9Nails:[/b][quote]That's because they charge so #$%$!! much for the software![/quote]KVM, QEMU, Xen, Virtual PC and VMware Server are the first free virtualization software that come to my mind.
9Nails said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote]KVM, QEMU, Xen, Virtual PC and VMware Server are the first free virtualization software that come to my mind.[/quote]Obviously, the free Virtualization Tools will not add any figures to that 11.7 Billion market! :)I had thought of those too asI also use VMWare Server at home and at work. It's the ESX Server that I'm mostly referring to. The software which allows you to load balance CPU's between your Virtual Machines and to dynamically move machines to other hardware. It's cool stuff! But runs about $2,000 - $6,000 per CPU.
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