Hype Cycle for Virtualization, 2011



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Although x86 server virtualization is mature, virtualization as an IT initiative is still in its adolescence, and is disruptive to IT users and providers. This has resulted in varying levels of hype, while delivering the foundation for cloud computing and greener data center initiatives.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off the Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • Server SW Appliance
      • Fabric-Based Computing
      • Cloudbursting
      • Instruction Set Virtualization
      • Virtual Machine Resilience
      • Workspace Virtualization
    • At the Peak
      • Capacity Planning and Management Tools
      • Fabric-Based Infrastructure
      • V2P Server Management
      • DMZ Virtualization
      • Processor Emulation
      • Server-Hardware-Assisted Virtualization
      • High-Assurance Hypervisors
      • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
      • PC Virtual Software Appliances
      • Persistent Personalization
      • Smartphone Hypervisors
      • Introspection
      • Private Cloud Computing
      • Memory Overcommit
      • VM Energy Management Tools
      • PC Hypervisors
      • Virtual Machine Recovery
      • Virtual Switch
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Virtualization Software Licensing
      • Server Provisioning and Configuration Management
      • P2V Server Management
      • Switch-Based Storage Virtualization
      • Hosted Virtual Desktops
      • Open-Source Virtualization Platforms
      • Virtualization C&SI Services
      • PC Hardware-Assisted Virtualization
      • Virtual Machine Live Migration
      • Hosted PC Virtualization Software
      • PC Application Virtualization
      • Server Virtual I/O
      • Virtual I/O
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Shared OS Virtualization (Nonmainframe)
      • Heterogeneous External Storage Virtualization
      • IT Infrastructure Utility
      • Thin Provisioning
      • Virtualization
      • Virtual Machine: Hypervisor
      • x86 Server Virtualization
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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