Good year ahead for virtualisation software


Good year ahead for virtualisation software

Microscope contributor

Virtualisation software continues to be one of the few near recession proof technologies in 2009 with analysts predicting another year of significant growth in the server and desktop spaces.

According to Gartner, global revenues are forecast to increase 43% to $2.7bn this year driven by organisations’ need to slash capital expenditure, infrastructure management costs and energy bills.

“Virtualisation helps organisations to cut costs, better utilise their assets and reduce implementation and management time and complexity, all of which are crucial in this economic environment,” said Gartner research director Alan Dayley.

The analyst’s data includes server virtualisation management and server virtualisation infrastructure, predicted to grow 42% and 22.5%respectively to $1.3bn and $1.1bn while hosted virtual desktops (HVD) sales are set to triple to $298.6m.

“Server virtualisation management will be the primary source of growth in the virtualisation market as hypervisor software functionality rapidly moves to hardware,” said Dayley.

HDV – managing desktop data in a virtualised server environment – accounts for 11% of total virtualisation revenues but will be more widely accepted by 2010 and adopted by a growing proportion of corporate users through 2013.

One of the major casualties in the recession has been the server market as customers look to delay upgrades said Simon Aron, joint managing 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 climate and it was seeing adoption or at very least serious intent to deploy virtualisation, across its entire customer base.

Gartner said global market penetration of the software was around 12% but this will expand to 20% by the end of 2009.

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