Dec 19, 2012
With virtual machine deployments already exceeding physical server shipments and virtualized workloads exceeding nonvirtualized workloads in the installed base, virtual is clearly the new normal in IT. As mature as the virtualization market is, the competition is actually just about to heat up. IDC data shows that a significant portion of the market is open to using a combination of hypervisors for various factors of cost and diversity.
IDC expects that over the next one to two years several vendors will release major new versions of their virtualization products that will vastly boost their competitiveness. One such product is Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV), a commercial package of the open source KVM hypervisor and the open source oVirt management tools.
Red is a key leader in Linux and open source, and its history of successfully commercializing open source bodes well for KVM and oVirt. With customers over the next few years keeping a careful eye on virtualization alternatives, RHEV is poised to be an important open platform.