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Virtualisation Gathering Steam Despite Recession Says Gartner

Research and analyst firm Gartner has painted a rather rosy picture for the server virtualisation market in spite of strong decline in the IT space over the past year or so.

According to Gartner, as of now around 18 percent of the workloads are running on virtualised servers, with the share of virtualised servers showing the potential to reach 28 percent by the next year, and is expected to cover half of the total servers by the end of 2012.

Furthermore, the analyst firm asserted that many people often perceived virtualisation of servers as being more prominent than what has been the actual case at present.

However, over the period of next three years, the uptake of the virtualisation technology is expected to rise more than three times of its existing levels, reaching to at least 50 percent of all the machines running on virtualised servers, with cost-effectiveness regarded as the principal driving force behind this massive uptake.

Incidentally, small and medium sized business sector would be more inclined towards the adopting virtualisation technology, primarily because of the significant reduction in its price-tag.

Tom Bittman, VP and a key analyst at Gartner, said in a statement: “For years the entry point was simply too high for small enterprises, but increased competition by server vendors has enabled smaller firms to embrace virtualisation.”

Our Comments

Virtualisation is not only here to stay but will become even more popular over the next few years as the technology is integrated in a wide range of platforms. Now, it is only a matter of time before virtualisation hits mobile platforms and other devices as well.

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