Highlights of exclusive InformationWeek Analytics research as it appears in "State Of Server Technology 2010," our report evaluating changes in the server market motivated by the push to consolidate data center systems, get power and cooling costs under control and make the most of the cloud.
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Nearly 80% of our server tech poll respondents said they have implemented or plan to implement virtualization, and another 15% are evaluating virtualization or intend to start trials for their organizations-all this despite the inevitable challenges of managing virtual resources. To meet this unprecedented demand, Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM are offering both VMware and Microsoft's Hyper-V as virtual environment platforms, in addition to supporting Citrix XenServer, and Oracle, which now owns Sun, is promoting Oracle VM.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.