This research note provides an overview of the x86 server virtualization landscape and addresses how the vendors meet the following key selection criteria:
-Vendor and product maturity.
-Advanced features and suitability for a utility infrastructure.
-Cost of licensing.
VMware remains in the leadership zone due to its market share and continued innovation toward comprehensive data center virtualization. However, where VMware was the only game in town a few short years ago, now the competition has become serious. Going into 2009, expect continued feature innovation and pressure on pricing.