The x86 server virtualization infrastructure market is defined by organizations that are looking for solutions to virtualize applications from their x86 server hardware or OSs, reducing underutilized server hardware and associated hardware costs, and increasing flexibility in delivering the server capacity that applications need. The x86 server virtualization infrastructure market includes all x86-based workloads (that is, application, Web and database servers; hosted virtual desktops [HVDs]; and file, print and security servers) deployed on standard x86-based physical servers.
Solutions for this market leverage:
- Hypervisors to create virtual machines (VMs)
- Shared OS virtualization technologies (also called “containers” or “zones”)
- Server virtualization administrative management (base frameworks)
- Server virtualization embedded management (live migration and basic automation of administrative management functions)
Not included are higher-level management functions, such as operational automation tools that deal with virtual resources, application performance tools that leverage and monitor virtualization, disaster recovery tools that leverage virtualization, desktop provisioning and brokering software, and so forth