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Top Five Server Virtualization Trends, 2012

by Tom Bittman  |  March 21, 2012  |  19 Comments

Server virtualization is a maturing but still very dynamic market, and there are several key trends reshaping server virtualization in 2012, and affecting the advice we are giving to our clients: 1) Competitive Choices Mature: Imagine how the virtualization market would be different if the server virtualization trend was starting today. VMware’s competition has greatly […]


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Mark Twain and the Open Virtualization Alliance

by Tom Bittman  |  May 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

On May 17, 2011, HP, IBM, Intel and Red Hat (as governing members) joined BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems and Suse to announce the “Open Virtualization Alliance”, or OVA (which means “eggs” in Latin, right?). Their stated purposes include “increase overall awareness” of KVM, “accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem” around KVM, and so on. Sure, […]

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The End of Server Growth?

by Tom Bittman  |  February 11, 2011  |  6 Comments

Will virtualization, multicore, and cloud computing trends send x86 architecture server and processor volumes down for the next decade? It certainly is a realistic scenario – and perhaps the most likely. At Gartner, we spend a lot of time trying to understand future scenarios, the likelihood of each, indicators that a scenario is likely to […]


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Embracing the Blur

by Tom Bittman  |  February 9, 2011  |  4 Comments

We’re having an interesting discussion inside of Gartner (due credit to Neil MacDonald, Lydia Leong, Cameron Haight and David Cearley for the ideas in this post – I hope they post further on this). The concepts here aren’t new. For example, in 2004, I talked about “the walls coming down” between business, the data center […]


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Virtualization Then & Now: Symposium 2009-2010

by Tom Bittman  |  October 18, 2010  |  19 Comments

My first presentation at Symposium 2010 was “Server Virtualization: From Virtual Machines to Private Clouds.” Attendance was crazy – the large room was packed, people were standing at the back, and apparently a few dozen were turned away at the door. This proves that server virtualization is not only a hot topic, it’s getting hotter […]


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The Buzz at Gartner’s Symposium 2010: Cloud!

by Tom Bittman  |  October 18, 2010  |  1 Comment

Gartner’s Symposium this year is a blow-out – more than 7,500 attendees, and more than 1,600 CIOs. That means a very busy week of presentations and one-on-ones. As an analyst, what I always find interesting is “the buzz”. You get a real good sense of what’s hot based on one-on-one load, and one-on-one topics. I […]

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The Private Cloud Sandbox

by Tom Bittman  |  April 16, 2010  |  9 Comments

Private cloud computing is rapidly moving up the Gartner hype cycle. In terms of raw market hype, I think we’ll peak late this year. VMware’s “Redwood” won’t be the only announcement – every major infrastructure vendor in the planet will likely put “private cloud” in their announcements, their marketing, their product names. So before we […]


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Driving for Imperfection With Your Private Cloud

by Tom Bittman  |  March 13, 2010  |  5 Comments

Almost all large companies and many small and midsized enterprises are virtualizing. Based on surveys, the majority of large companies consider building a private cloud a core strategy. Surprisingly, that’s even true with midsized organizations – but slow down a bit. While the direction makes sense, be careful about getting too caught up in the […]


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Talk of Clouds (and Virtualization) in Orlando

by Tom Bittman  |  October 22, 2009  |  7 Comments

At this week’s Gartner Symposium in Orlando, there was a noticeable shift in the end user discussions regarding virtualization and cloud computing, and a few surprises: 1) In my presentation on server virtualization on Monday, before I started, I asked the audience how many of them considered private cloud computing to be a core strategy […]


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Confessions of a Gartner Analyst at Symposium

by Tom Bittman  |  October 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

Tomorrow I leave for Orlando for our annual all-up IT conference of the year in Orlando, Florida. Attendees see this conference as a one-stop week-long update on all IT industry trends, an opportunity to network with thousands of their peers (including more than a thousand CIOs), and an opportunity to have face-to-face one-on-ones (as opposed […]

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