In July, VMware launched vSphere 5: a new iteration of their virtualisation platform that arrived with a host of great new features and capabilities that will enable VMware users to get even more from their decision to virtualise.
At the same time, however, VMware courted controversy by changing their pricing model to one which many customers believed would see them paying additional fees.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is continuing to push their own virtualisation solution, Hyper-V, announcing support for new operating systems, and also that Hyper V will be closely integrated in Windows 8.
What do these machinations mean for businesses seeking to benefit from virtualisation? In the short term, probably not much. But, in the long term, this type of healthy competition in the space will only do good. (If you’re interested, the current ‘V index’, puts VMware way out in front, with almost 60% of users, Citrix at 20.2% and Hyper V at 18.6%).
Most of us are familiar with virtualisation’s key benefits – the efficiency gains from vastly improved server utilisation, lower overheads and energy footprints.
Another less-hawked benefit however, is agility – that is, virtualisation’s unsurpassed ability to create a responsive infrastructure through fast roll-out, management and resource allocation.
With the race on to provide better and better solutions – including ones set to allow business applications to run securely on home machines – the power of virtualisation in the enterprise is only going to grow.