When The Wall Street Journal starts writing about virtualization, you know it's here in a big way, no matter where Microsoft stacks up from a readiness standpoint. Journal reporter Robert Guth summarized in yesterday's edition about how far Microsoft is behind with the technology. Clearly, it will be at least second choice behind VMware for the enterprise for a long time, if Microsoft can ever catch up. Of course, when Microsoft sets its sights on something, anybody or anything in the way better buckle up, but this will be one of their toughest fights ever, as VMware has a huge leg up. And as Guth points out, the stakes for Microsoft are high, as there are many ramifications to Microsoft's business models and competititve landscape.
One example the article points to is the U.S. Marine Corps, which uses VMware on servers in 14 data centers, with plans to increase. Microsoft's virtualization technology, even as it evolves, does not fit into the Marine Corps' plans, according to Major Carl P. Brodhun. As Guth points out, the field is wide open, even for new players. The Wall Street Journal printed the graph below from Merrill Lynch showing CIO purchase plans for virtualization.
From our standpoint, we have also seen a great deal of interest and activity with virtualization. Probably the biggest benefit of PerfectDisk in this environment is the total free space consolidation that is provided with PerfectDisk's Space Restoration Technology, as this is critical on a virtual platform.
The wave is becoming a tidal wave.