Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Virtualization, 2013

Published: 31 July 2013

ID: G00250781

Analyst(s): Nathan Hill , Philip Dawson


Server virtualization is a mature technology but, as an IT initiative, it can still be disruptive to IT users and providers. Virtualization provides a foundation for software-defined anything, cloud computing and cost-effective, greener data center projects.

Table Of Contents


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

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