According to a recent report from CMS Wire, virtualization solidified its place in the enterprise in 2010 and could continue to cement its role in businesses of all sizes, as SMBs increasingly deploy the technology in an effort to improve IT efficiency and reduce costs.
The report made a number of predictions about server virtualization in the upcoming year, with growth as the dominant sentiment overall. CMS Wire anticipates server virtualization will grow as a whole in 2011, with SMBs deploying technologies, such as Microsoft Hyper-V, to expand their virtualization efforts. Overall, server virtualization is expected to expand substantially in 2011, but if the economy continues its slow recovery, growth could happen faster than expected, the report said.
As more companies turn to server virtualization, CMS Wire expects new tools for backup, recovery and live migration to develop in an effort to improve the technology's reliability and security. In many cases, administrators use tools designed for traditional servers to manage data, but that will change in 2011, as virtualization-specific utilities are developed, the report said.
According to a recent O'Reilly Radar report, server virtualization is one branch of IaaS cloud computing, as virtual server hosting companies allow website owners to rent out partitions of virtualized servers to store and manage their online presence.