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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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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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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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Will Cisco Unify Computing?

by Tom Bittman  |  January 21, 2009  |  5 Comments

Cisco’s public blog recently announced an architectural approach they call “Unified Computing”. There’s been a lot of speculation about Cisco moving into the blade server business and so forth. I think Cisco just made clear that in their view the network may be at the center of IT, but “unifying” it with computing and storage […]


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Virtualization, Clouds, and John Chambers

by Tom Bittman  |  October 11, 2008  |  Submit a Comment

This week at Gartner’s Symposium in Orlando I will be presenting “Virtualization Changes Virtually Everything” and “The Future of Infrastructure and Operations: The Engine of Cloud Computing”. Ken Dulaney and I will also be leading a Masterminds discussion with Cisco’s CEO and Chairman, John Chambers. Here’s what you can expect: On Monday, my “Virtualization” presentation […]

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VMware Strategy Reaches for the Clouds

by Tom Bittman  |  September 16, 2008  |  Submit a Comment

At VMworld today, VMware announced two strategic shifts that are as important as they are unsurprising. One pits VMware firmly against powerhouses IBM, HP and Microsoft in the competition for infrastructure control. The other extends VMware’s virtualization story into cloud computing. Are they overreaching? The first, “Virtual Data Center Operating System”, is what Gartner defined […]

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