X86 Server Virtualisation Update: The Seattle Giant Sleeps on
Conclusion: In 2006 the adoption of X86 server virtualisation moved from “fast follower” to “mainstream”, with over half of IT organiations using or piloting it. In that year VMware established a clear technology and market share lead while today Microsoft is still 12 months away from releasing its first competitive (hypervisor based) product.
As the market grows dramatically though 2007, due to technical and market leadership coupled with a lack of credible alternatives, VMware will cement a dominant position in the Enterprise market that Microsoft will fail to over come until at least 2012. In this same period, due to Microsoft’s product and channel strength in the SMB market and the current low take up of server virtualisation by that segment, Microsoft will establish a strong base of Intel server virtualisation in SMBs.