Gartner Research

Critical Capabilities for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Published: 03 August 2016

ID: G00289839

Analyst(s): Michael Warrilow , Thomas Bittman , Philip Dawson


Server virtualization products focus on specific and evolving use cases. Gartner has identified 15 critical capabilities and four unique use cases for infrastructure and operations leaders to assess when comparing and contrasting product features and functions, as well as 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
    • Red Hat
    • Sangfor
    • Virtuozzo
    • VMware
  • Context
    • Management Tools Matter
    • Infrastructure Still Matters
    • Use Cases Matter
    • Users Matter
  • 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
    • Provisioning Speed
    • Scale-Out Speed and Granularity
    • Interoperability (Developer)
    • Interoperability (Data Center)
    • Interoperability (Cloud)
  • Use Cases
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
    • Consolidated Infrastructure
    • Modernized Infrastructure
    • Agile Infrastructure
  • Vendors Added and Dropped
    • Added
    • Dropped

Inclusion Criteria

  • Critical Capabilities Rating

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