It’s a VMworld After All — But For How Long?

Will pressure from Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat prove to be too much opposition for VMware’s now precarious lead position?

In a recent survey of 500 IT professionals, the numbers of VMware instances might not be shrinking but others are growing at a rapid pace. While ubiquitous virtualization players, VMware ESX and ESXi, enjoy a greater than 90% data center penetration, Microsoft’s Hyper-V is making progress. Just under a third of the respondents stated that they use VMware exclusively, 43% use VMware plus other technologies and a solid quarter use no VMware at all.

What do these numbers mean for VMware? VMware-only users aren’t likely to change technologies at this point, since they’ve made significant investment in hardware and licensing to support the technology. And those who don’t use VMware at all aren’t likely to due to pricing, hardware restrictions or technology limitations, but what about those whose data centers share space with VMware and other hypervisors? That 43% is where VMware is most likely to lose weight in…

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