Hype Cycle for Virtualization, 2012


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Server virtualization is a mature technology, but, as an IT initiative, it's in its adolescence and is disruptive to IT users and providers. Although it provides a foundation for cloud computing and cost-effective, greener data center projects, server virtualization has also increased hype levels.

Table of Contents

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