The virtual market is growing – several studies have shown that more and more businesses, both large and small, have chosen to adopt some form of virtual technology in order to make their businesses run more smoothly and to cut down on costs. Agility is a factor as well, as businesses look for ways to become more competitive in the global market and get access to their systems on a moment-by-moment basis no matter where they are in the world. Now, server manufacturers are getting on board the virtualization train as well, according to data from IDC, indicating a forward motion in the industry as a whole.
The data gathered by IDC indicates that virtual server production had increased to 19.4% of the total market in the last quarter of 2010, up a full percent from the same period in 2009. Virtualized server spending was up 23% from 2009 to 2010, and virtual software spending increased 36% as well. According to IDC, this speaks to a market that is maturing, one that is now seeing growth in all sectors as opposed to simply end-user adoption, and this trends well for future movement forward in the market.
Cloud technology has been getting a great deal of hype for a number of years, but its true benefits are just now beginning to show. The fact that off-the-line servers are now increasingly meant for virtual rather than in-office use speaks to a change in the market and a shift toward a more mature technology industry. Those manufacturers that are able to get in on the ground floor of virtual server production can expect to see their revenues increase, along with cloud providers and companies that specialize in virtual server security and defense.