Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Virtualization, 2014

Published: 23 July 2014

ID: G00263857

Analyst(s): Nathan Hill , Philip Dawson


Virtualization provides a foundation for software-defined anything and cloud computing with cost-effective, agile and environmentally friendly data center projects.

Table Of Contents


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

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