For the past few years, VMware has been monopolizing the virtual server market with its popular hypervisor technology that held a remarkable percentage of the market share.
Trends are starting to move away from VMware, however, as companies expect more diversity in the virtual server industry. During a panel at the recent Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Green IT Conference in Washington DC, one IT leader from a cabinet-level government agency said the organization would be dropping VMware in favor of Microsoft's Hyper-V platform, NetworkWorld reports.
According to the panelist, the agency currently has an enterprise contract with VMware, but has opted to deploy Hyper-V anyway.
The panelist explained "we are a Windows shop and have a great relationship with Microsoft. VMware has been great, but we simply believe that the world is moving to heterogeneous virtualization platforms and we want to be ready for this."
A recent study by Enterprise Strategy Group Research found VMware is used by 55 percent of respondents. Overall, the majority are using multiple virtualization solutions, as 34 percent use two different platforms and 36 percent use three or more server virtualization solutions.