VMware Virtualization: Market Trends and Key Aspects [VMware Architecture and Workstation]

In its 2006 overview on virtualization VMware introduced it as:

"The term virtualization broadly describes the separation of a resource or request for a service from the underlying physical delivery of that service."

This meant that the dependency on physical devices for data storage could be curbed as background swapping of data drove access to virtual memory.

Ten years later, a market trends study by Gartner in 2016 revealed that VMware Virtualization remained the market leader with Microsoft in second place. The report tabulated the growth of Hypervisor-based x86 server utilization among diverse business verticals.

The report also suggested that there is a 'high level of penetration' of virtualization and that some firms reported they had virtualized 90% of their servers already. 

Going forward, the market projections up to 2023 have ranked the top players and it is no surprise that VMware is pegged to lead this ranking. The list of big players includes Microsoft, Oracle, Citrix, Red Hat and Amazon among others. 

It can be gathered from the graph that the virtualization market is increasing at a steady pace as Small and Medium Businesses (SMB), apart from large business corporations, opt for virtualization over physical devices for data storage. 

 Key Aspects of VMware Virtualization

Though VMware's virtualization solutions are quite dense in terms of features, they are broadly divided into two main categories:

1. Desktop Virtualization

 2. Server/Data Center Virtualization

While the former includes products such as VMware View to consolidate desktop PCs into virtual infrastructure and VMware Workstation for running multiple operating systems on a desktop PC, the latter has a longer list of products:

1. Free ESXi edition

2. vSphere

3. vCenter Server

 4. VMware Server     

The entire list of VMware products can be accessed here.

VMware Architecture

                                                      For detailed notes on VMware architecture click here. 


Benefits  of VMware Virtualization for Data Centers:

1. Creates a robust infrastructure as this is the underlying technology for cloud computing

2. Enables costs containment while improving flexibility

 3. Data centers become dynamic and flexible as multiple servers can be used as virtual machines

Conclusion - Applicable Industry Segments

As VMware virtualization makes it possible to panel one physical server into multiple virtual machines for computing purposes, it works well with Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Netware as the hardware is concurrent.

VMware virtualization solutions can be applied to firms belonging to these industry segments:

Financial Services | Manufacturing | Retail and e-Commerce | Healthcare | Telecommunication | Government | Media & Entertainment 


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