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Hype Cycle for Virtualization, 2015

Published: 08 July 2015

ID: G00277295

Analyst(s): Nathan Hill , Philip Dawson


Virtualization is not just about hypervisors; it now includes containers as an option and enables the digital business. The technologies covered in this Hype Cycle bring agility and virtualization together and continue to enable consolidation, maximize utilization and improve efficiency.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Micro Operating Systems
    • I/O Optimization
    • OS Containers
    • Software-Defined Compute
    • Software-Defined Perimeter
    • Software-Defined Data Center
    • Software-Defined Infrastructure
    • Instruction Set Virtualization
    • Container Management
    • Software-Defined Anything (SDx)
    • Software-Defined Security
  • At the Peak
    • Cloud Application Virtualization
    • Virtual Storage Appliance
    • Workspace Aggregators
    • Heterogeneous Virtualization Management
    • Server-Side Client Graphics
    • Software-Defined Storage
    • Server Software Appliance
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Processor Emulation
    • Image Layering
    • Virtual Machine Resilience
    • Long-Distance Live VM Migration
    • Network Function Virtualization
    • Private Cloud Computing
    • V2P Server Management
    • Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery
    • High-Assurance Hypervisors
    • Private IaaS
    • Software-Defined Networks
    • Virtualization Software Licensing
    • PC Hypervisors
    • Introspection
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Open-Source Virtualization Platforms
    • DMZ Virtualization
    • Hosted Virtual Desktops
    • Memory Overcommit
    • Shared OS Virtualization (Nonmainframe)
    • External Storage Virtualization
    • Server Virtual I/O
    • Virtual Switch
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Virtualization
    • VM Live Migration
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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