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VMware Competition Heats Up In The Virtualization Market

Historically, VMware has dominated virtualization as the cloud goes through a rapid growth period.  Their vSphere Hypervisor platform is now experiencing fierce competition from other companies in the virtualization space.

Microsoft Hyper-V

The emergence of Microsoft Hyper-v in 2008 was launched to reduce the imposing threat on Microsoft’s key product Windows OS. Microsoft Hyper-V is offering its customers at no cost, that use their products like System Center making Hyper-V the most competitive product to VMware This has resulted in an increase of utilization by 8% since 2008 while VMware has decreased almost 8% for the same time frame.

Citrix XenServer

Citrix’s Xen Server does not require an operating system to be hosted on and is a bare-metal hypervisor. Unlike VMware, XenServer does not have any licensing charges and is available at no cost but does charge for maintenance and support. Due to the reduced cost, XenServer expects many clients to switch from VMware to XenServer.

Oracle VirtualBox

VirtualBox’s virtualization hypervisor is also free. An additional benefit to the Oracle hypervisor is supports a variety of operating systems including Linux, Mac OS, Windows and Solaris. While claims that its performance is slow that other competitors, it must be used by those who can edit code.

Further down on the list is the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor. This utilizes a Linux kernel as the hypervisor. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor allows direct access to hardware sources which gives a user the ability to provision virtual machines by advanced users

Coming on the market are additional competitors. With that we should expect a further decline in market share for VMware.

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