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Worldwide virtualisation software revenue to grow 43 per cent

Carol Ko | Feb. 16, 2009
Cost reduction, resource utilisation and management advantages drive market growth in 2009

HONG KONG, 16 FEBRUARY 2009 Worldwide virtualisation software revenue will increase 43 per cent from US$1.9 billion in 2008 to US$2.7 billion in 2009, said Gartner.

Global virtualisation penetration is on pace to reach 20 per cent in 2009 from 12 per cent in 2008. Its adoption within the information technology (IT) organisation is driven by the need to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO), enhance the agility and speed of deployment of IT needs and minimise carbon footprint

The virtualisation market, as defined by research firm Gartner, includes server virtualisation management, server virtualisation infrastructure and hosted virtual desktops (HVDs).

An HVD is a full, thick-client user environment (operating system and applications) run as a virtual machine on a server and accessed remotely through a window on a remote device.

Key source of growth

Gartner estimates that revenue from HVDs will more than triple from US$74.1 million to US$298.6 million in 2009 while revenue from server virtualisation management software will increase 42 per cent from US$913.9 million in 2008 to US$1.3 billion in 2009. Revenue from server virtualisation infrastructure will grow 22.5 per cent from US$917 million in 2008 to US$1.1 billion in 2009.

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

Server virtualisation management will be the primary source of growth in the virtualisation market as hypervisor software functionality key to virtualising a server rapidly moves to hardware. Server virtualisation management technology in particular is designed to reduce TCO, reduce associated availability risk, and improve quality of service. In addition, building more manageability into infrastructure components provides technology suppliers with an additional source of revenue and a basis for competitive differentiation, said Dayley.

Although HVD is an emerging technology that currently represents 11 per cent of the virtualisation software revenue market, it will account for a growing proportion of corporate users through 2013. Virtual desktop infrastructure feeds additional server virtualisation needs because the users' desktop data will now need to be managed in a virtualised server environment. Maturity and acceptance will result in a significant broadening of the addressable user population by 2010 and acceleration in deployments.

Hosted virtual desktops

Gartner advises end-user organisations to define and optimise management processes for HVDs as they did for traditional PCs. Although HVD images are centralised and more standardised, the capabilities for managing them across their full deployment life cycles remain incomplete. To remedy this, they should budget for additional point-solution management capabilities.

End-user organisations must build cost and benefit financial models to fully understand the financial impact of implementing HVDs, and make certain that cost and benefit exist as compared with those for traditional PCs, said Phil Dawson, research vice president at Gartner.


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