Gartner Research

Market Trends: x86 Server Virtualization, Worldwide, 2016

Published: 18 April 2016

ID: G00275984

Analyst(s): Michael Warrilow


Hypervisor-based x86 server virtualization has continued to grow, despite rumors to the contrary and threats on the horizon. Strategic planners need to ensure they cater to the medium-term opportunity while preparing for market evolution.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • The (x86 Hypervisor) Market Is Peaking
    • Market Indicators, Methodology and Alternative Measures
  • Buyer Trend
    • Microsoft Retains Second Place, While VMware Maintains Its Lead
    • Weighted Results Highlight Additional Information
    • Smaller Organizations Have Lower Virtualization Rates
  • Technology Trend
    • Hypervisors, Hyperconverged and Software-Defined

Contrarian View

  • Enterprise Adoption of Containers Could Change the Landscape

Vendors to Watch

  • Appendix — Related Gartner Documents

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