According to IDC Corp, a marketing intelligence firm, 2010 marks the first year that half of all installed applications will be run on a virtualized platform. Cloud hosting, Hyper-V VPS servers and cloud-based email archiving and website hosting have all seen significant gains in the last few years and show no signs of slowing down.
In fact, IDC predicts that by 2014, one-quarter of all servers shipped out by companies in the US in 2014 will be supporting virtualized options right out of the box in order to take advantage of this growing trend. Combining a drop in needed physical storage space with a greater level of security, redundancy and mobility, virtualized environments and eventual moves to the cloud are becoming more common as companies and IT departments realize the cost-savings and performance benefits involved.
For both server manufacturers and datacenters, a “virtual first” attitude has emerged, which places VPS and cloud hosting above traditional methods of storage and access. This has resulted in an overall shift in how databases are managed and maintained, and will have a corresponding effect on storage and mobility options with new virtual data hubs. Virtualization and cloud providers are now offering increased levels of security and redundancy in addition to helping companies lower their physical space requirements, leading to a growing movement away from the traditional server model.
The market for virtual private servers and cloud hosting shows no signs of slowing, as both technology and end-user understanding of the core concepts of cloud computing continue to rise. For providers looking to compete in new marketplaces, virtualized servers and the knowledge to maintain and improve them will be key in the next five years.