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Dutch Market ready for mass scale virtualization?

According to this article, it is apparently happening. The market research was conducted during(?) the seminar "Enterprise Linux en Open Source Virtualisatie". Intel, Gartner, Novell and Akibia.

Voor het realiseren van virtualisatieoplossingen kijkt de helft naar zowel het open source-product Xen als het commerciƫle VMware, terwijl 17% alleen naar VMware kijkt. 8% neemt naast Xen en VMware ook Microsoft Virtual Server of Sun Solaris 10 in overweging. Een kwart van de organisaties weet daarentegen nog niet welke oplossingen ze in overweging gaan nemen.

50% are looking both at Xen and VMware, 17% only at VMware, 8% want to look at Xen, VMware, Microsoft or Solaris 10 and the rest (25%) is still unsure.

Unsure..hmm. According to me only 17% is sure and the rest 83% is unsure. Thats how I look at it. I'm sure Xen will be a very mature technology someday but if you are "looking" then it really doesn't count as joining the mass-virtualization party. And honestly I do know the *other* factors that play a crucial role. One big factor is "change", and Virtualization is indeed a change. It is , as rightly pointed by the consultant, not as simple as it looks but it is the path that organizations have to take today. But anyways thats besides the point (here at least).

Looking at several options is like window shopping. You are not ready to commit, yet. No enterprise or even a SMB shop (here is Holland or elsewhere) will look at several options when thinking of deploying a solution , even in their dev/test environment.

So what do you do to get a clear idea and start approaching the "decision-making" process?

  • Test (Backup, disaster recovery, provisioning capability, interoperability, conversion, deployment, etc etc)
  • benchmark
  • test again
  • decide
  • Virtualize

But again given the crowd was for "Enterprise Linux and Open Source", it is understandable that the results are a bit different as a different crowd was surveyed.

But anyways read the rest here...


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