DC estimates that nearly 500,000 server boxes equipped with virtualization software will ship this year, up from just above zero three years ago. By 2009, the number of units shipped is expected to reach 1.2 billion, the research firm said. "I'm shocked by the level of adoption of virtualization," IDC analyst Michelle Bailey told a conference audience.
Gosh! That is some staggering figure! So have you made up your mind yet? If not, catch that first flight and plan to go to Los Angeles today!
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- Well we knew there will be lots of players writing management software for VMware. Opsware is doing that as well.
Opsware Inc. (NASDAQ: OPSW), the leading provider of Data Center Automation software, today announced the company's strategy for managing complex virtual server environments at the company's annual user conference, OPSWorld, held this week in San Jose, CA. During an opening keynote in which he demonstrated solutions for automating the management of tough IT assignments from VoIP networks to configuration management data bases (CMDB), CEO Ben Horowitz discussed the little understood challenges of managing virtual servers. This complexity created by the rapid adoption of server virtualization -- and the accompanying rise in server "images" to be managed -- has reached crisis proportions as IT departments struggle to keep up with the dramatically increased workload. Horowitz's keynote discussed and demonstrated the value that automation can deliver for environments virtualized with technologies such as VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server, Sun Solaris 10, XenSource and others, both in terms of setting up these environments as well as in the ongoing management of them.
Anyways I'm pretty darn sure VMware will come up with a smart answer on that (HECK they have it already, its called Virtual Center). They have a bunch of smarties , thats for sure.