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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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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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Virtualization Meets Midmarket and Goes BOOM!

by Tom Bittman  |  August 26, 2009  |  5 Comments

There’s a big change coming to the server virtualization market, and it has serious ramifications. The midmarket is waking up. At Gartner, the number of midmarket clients who are just starting out with virtualization has been growing exponentially for the last year or so. We just completed a worldwide survey of nearly 1,500 companies with […]


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Karl Marx Would Be Proud

by Tom Bittman  |  March 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

But cloud computing doesn’t need a revolution – capitalism will lead the evolution of cloud computing. With only a few word changes, the opening of the Communist Manifesto could be easily inserted into the Open Cloud Manifesto, announced March 30, 2009:  “A spectre is haunting the cloud – the spectre of openness and standards. Amazon, […]


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Virtualization Becoming “Free-er?”

by Tom Bittman  |  February 24, 2009  |  1 Comment

At VMworld Europe 2009, Citrix made an important virtualization industry announcement – their XenServer package will carry no license price (just support). This package includes centralized management of distributed VMs, and live migration capability. It isn’t everything you need to manage a virtual machine pool, but many smaller companies who might have avoided virtualization completely […]

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Virtual Realities for Virtualization

by Tom Bittman  |  February 20, 2009  |  1 Comment

We spend a lot of time at Gartner looking ahead. But it’s also fun to look at what might have been… What if no one had developed an x86 hypervisor? How well would multi-core x86 processors be selling today? What if Microsoft had acquired VMware in 2001? Would they have snuffed it out (until something […]

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Data Centers, Clouds, Virtualization and Vegas

by Tom Bittman  |  December 3, 2008  |  5 Comments

What a crazy and exhilarating week in Las Vegas! I delivered the keynote at Gartner’s 27th annual Data Center Conference this week. Here are four major points I made. Later I’ll post some key take-aways from hours and hours of conversations – lots of great insights from conversations between our analysts and more than 1,800 […]


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The Evolution of the Cloud Computing Market

by Tom Bittman  |  November 3, 2008  |  15 Comments

I’ve had a number of posts on the structure of the cloud computing market, (Can A Cloud Computing Provider Be Too Massive?, Is Google the Mainframe of Cloud Computing?, Partly or Mostly Cloudy?) and I’m getting more and more comfortable talking about three major phases of market evolution. Very simply, I think they look like […]


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Does Azure Imply a Cloudless Sky?

by Tom Bittman  |  October 28, 2008  |  9 Comments

Is Azure a hopeful name? An azure sky implies cloudless, doesn’t it? No question, Microsoft would like cloud computing to go away. Selling gazillions of copies of Windows and Office, not to mention mere zillions of Windows Server and Server products has been a nice business. This whole cloud idea is ruining their bright, clear, […]


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Cisco’s Lofty Opportunities and Challenges

by Tom Bittman  |  October 18, 2008  |  Submit a Comment

Rather than summarize the entire discussion that Ken Dulaney and I had with Cisco’s CEO and Chairman, John Chambers on October 14th at Gartner’s Symposium in Orlando, I’d like to focus on two key points that many people may have missed, but should prove to be critical opportunities and challenges for Cisco in the near […]

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