Virtualisation software continues to be one of the few nearrecession proof technologies in 2009 with analysts predicting another year ofsignificant growth in the server and desktop spaces.
According to Gartner, global revenues are forecast toincrease 43% to $2.7bn this year driven by organisations’ need to slash capitalexpenditure, infrastructure management costs and energy bills.
“Virtualisation helps organisations to cut costs, betterutilise their assets and reduce implementation and management time andcomplexity, all of which are crucial in this economic environment,” saidGartner research director Alan Dayley.
The analyst’s data includes server virtualisation managementand server virtualisation infrastructure, predicted to grow 42% and 22.5%respectively to $1.3bn and $1.1bn while hosted virtual desktops (HVD) sales areset to triple to $298.6m.
“Server virtualisation management will be the primary sourceof growth in the virtualisation market as hypervisor software functionalityrapidly moves to hardware,” said Dayley.
HDV – managing desktop data in a virtualised serverenvironment – accounts for 11% of total virtualisation revenues but will bemore widely accepted by 2010 and adopted by a growing proportion of corporateusers through 2013.
One of the major casualties in the recession has been theserver market as customers look to delay upgrades said Simon Aron, jointmanaging director at Eurodata, “Virtualisation helps them [delay purchasing]and cut capital expenditure”.
Ian Waring, director of volume software at Computacenter,agreed customers were looking to “sweat their assets” in the current climateand it was seeing adoption or at very least serious intent to deployvirtualisation, across its entire customer base.
Gartner said global market penetration of the software wasaround 12% but this will expand to 20% by the end of 2009.