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Competitive Landscape: A Shift in x86 Server Virtualization Competition

Published: 29 June 2018

ID: G00355878

Analyst(s): Michael Warrilow , Wataru Katsurashima


Three adjacent emerging markets are opening a window of new competition for the on-premises server virtualization market. Technology product managers should prioritize differentiation at the adjacent emerging markets in order to maximize revenue opportunities.

Table Of Contents


  • Market Definition
  • Competitive Situation and Trends
    • HCI Vendors Are Shifting to Their Own Open-Source Hypervisors
    • Competition as Hybrid Infrastructure, With Two Different Approaches
    • Container Runtime Is Standardized and Markets Formed at Container Management Layer
  • Market Players
  • The Future of Competition
    • Prioritize Differentiation of HCI and Hybrid Infrastructure
    • Support Seamless Management Across VMs and Containers
    • Evolve Into Edge Computing Infrastructure Platforms
  • Competitive Profiles
    • Microsoft
    • Nutanix
    • Red Hat
    • VMware
  • References and Methodology

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