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Market Trends: x86 Server Virtualization, Worldwide, 2013

Published: 30 January 2014

ID: G00256944

Analyst(s): Michael Warrilow


Increasing adoption of x86 server virtualization continued in 2013. VMware, followed by Microsoft, dominates the enterprise market globally — with differing levels of adoption by geography and industry vertical — creating opportunities as well as threats for technology and service providers.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • The Market Remains Challenging to Measure
  • Organizations Continue to Virtualize Their x86 Servers
  • Market Structure Trend
    • VMware Continues to Dominate, but Microsoft Is Gaining Share
    • Enterprise Usage of Alternates Remains Low — Including Open Source
    • Enterprise Usage of an Alternate Hypervisor Is in the Minority
  • Buyers' Trend
    • Alternate Hypervisor Usage Is Not Driven by Cost Concerns
    • Microsoft Is on the Rise
    • Virtualization Varies by Vertical
  • Regional Trend
    • Asia Remains the Greatest Growth Opportunity

Contrarian View

  • If Adoption of Hyper-V Continues, Additional Management Is Required

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