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Survey: Microsoft Ahead of VMware in Application Virtualization

Analyst Laura DiDio used to cover virtualization for the Yankee group but now has her own outfit, ITIC. (Fun fact about Laura: At one point in her career, she was an on-camera reporter for CNN). ITIC and Sunbelt Software recently published the results of a joint survey that covered (among other things) application virtualization. The survey methodology involved tapping C-level executives and admins at 700 companies with 85 percent of responses coming from North America. It was followed up by customer interviews for validation.

A couple of interesting data points emerged on the subject of application virtualization. In terms of (admittedly) early market share, Microsoft's App-V is ahead of the pack, leaving VMware ThinApp in the dust by a 2-to-1 margin. Also (and no surprise here, really), it's still early days for application virtualization with the rate of adoption trailing that for server virtualization. Of the companies surveyed, 62 percent have not even begun to deploy it in production environments nor have they completed the vendor selection process. Finally, the survey contends that demand for application virtualization will remain high even as the economy continues its duck-dive.

Posted by Tom Valovic on 01/14/2009 at 12:49 PM


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