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Critical Capabilities for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Published: 03 October 2014

ID: G00263359

Analyst(s): Thomas Bittman , Philip Dawson


Server virtualization offerings are maturing and are focused on specific use cases. Gartner has identified 12 critical capabilities and three unique use cases for IT leaders to evaluate when comparing and contrasting product features and functions and fit for purpose.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Critical Capabilities Use Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Citrix
    • Huawei
    • Microsoft
    • Oracle Solaris Zones
    • Oracle VM Server for x86
    • Parallels
    • Red Hat
    • VMware
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • Computing
    • Storage
    • Networking
    • Range of OSs (Server)
    • Range of OSs (Client)
    • Range of Applications
    • Availability and Recoverability
    • Security
    • Management
    • Automation and Scaling
    • Interoperability (Data Center)
    • Interoperability (Cloud)
  • Use Cases
    • Data Center
    • Hosted Virtual Desktops
    • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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