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IDC's view of Virtualisation software market + a glimpse of Virtuozzo

Operating system virtualization software Virtuozzo from SWsoft is growing fastest among all vendors - 98 percent `- in the hot overall market for virtualization technology, according to industry analyst firm IDC.

The worldwide industry sales of virtualization software experienced a 67 percent growth rate from 2004 to 2005 - with revenues topping $560 million.

According to IDC, the virtualization market is expected to grow to $15 billion worldwide by 2009. The proliferation of servers in the data center has led to increased complexity and costs.

Virtualization helps to reverse this trend by dramatically reducing the need for adding physical servers and their associated capital, power, software and management costs.

Virtualization Efficiency and Manageability

By consolidating virtual environments on physical servers, IT managers can reduce hardware costs, while increasing server utilization rates. The ability to effectively manage and automate a growing catalog of virtual assets ensures that complexity is reduced and that virtualization delivers cost savings.

"Overall, IDC views virtual machines as a foundational technology to the dynamic IT," said John Humphreys, program director with IDC's Enterprise Platform Group.

"Virtualization, which decouples the application from the underlying hardware, allows the customer to create service oriented infrastructure whereby they can begin to manage services and employ policy-based automation to manage and deliver the underlying infrastructure."

The IDC report also showed virtualization implementations on Linux experienced the fastest growth from 2004 to 2005 continuing the trend from the previous year. That trend is expected to continue through 2009.

Operating System-Level Virtualization

With SWsoft Virtuozzo operating system (OS)-level server virtualization technology, a single Linux or Windows OS instance can be dynamically partitioned into multiple, highly-efficient virtual environments. The low overhead of Virtuozzo allows for demanding workloads such as database and application servers to run inside virtual environments with near-native performance.

Also, Virtuozzo is the first and only virtualization technology that addresses the challenge faced by today's datacenters of operating systems sprawl where a number of different operating systems require support, maintenance and updating. Overall, Virtuozzo provides efficiency and manageability that result in the lowest total cost-of-ownership and fastest ROI for customers.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.