Dan's Take

3 Virtualization Predictions for 2015

Dan sees more infiltration of virtualization technologies into the enterprise in the coming year.

  1. Organizations are going to focus more intently on a completely virtualized environment. That means adding access virtualization, application virtualization, networking virtualization and storage virtualization, along with their use of processing virtualization.
  2. As the success of Docker shows, VM software is not the be all and end all of processing virtualization. The industry will see increasing use of OS virtualization and partitioning, such as Docker, when that type of technology is better suited to the task at hand than VM software. It's possible that VMware, Citrix and others will see a negative impact on their revenues, as companies reconsider their "VMs everywhere, for everything" strategies.
  3. The industry is likely to see an increase in use of client-side virtual processing software, as a way to allow enterprise applications to execute safely on staff-owned smartphones and tablets.

About the Author

Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. He has been a business unit manager at a hardware company and head of corporate marketing and strategy at a software company.

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