The Future of Virtualization, Cloud Computing & Green IT Global Technologies & Markets Outlook - 2011-2016
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3.1. Brief Technology Descriptions
Virtualization, in the form of Virtual Machines5, has been around for about for 50 years. In recent years the concept has been applied to the x86 server market (as well as to other midrange computer architectures), and this use is mature enough that a recent ComputerWorld survey showed that 87% of respondents (who were probably employed in corporate IT shops) had virtualized at least some of their servers, although 56% had virtualized fewer than half. Server Virtualization may be used effectively by all but the smallest of firms. Desktop Virtualization may seem deceptively simple, and may be used by smaller firms as well as large ones, but there are important issues that must be considered to ensure smooth implementation and operation.
Cloud Computing is the next major platform for the computing industry. Major developments in the evolution of computing are best viewed as a series of abstractions, or rather each can be viewed as the insertion of a new abstraction layer that masks the underlying complexity of the computing environment from the consumers or users of Information Technology (IT). The complexity, of course, still exists “under the covers,” and the technicians performing the work down in the infrastructure are well aware of it; it has just been hidden from the immediate users of the technology. Two of the foundations of Cloud Computing are Virtualization and Service Oriented Architecture9 (SOA). SOA is the abstraction of software, Virtualization is the abstraction of hardware, and Cloud Computing is the amalgamation of the two. This tight coupling of Cloud Computing with SOA is demonstrated by the proliferation of Cloud Computing Services named “XXX as a Service” (e.g. “Software as a Service”). This emerging technology is at a low level of maturity, but many versions are available for purchase and can be put to profitable use.
It is important to clarify the terminology around Cloud Computing, specifically the use of the word “cloud”. For years Information Technology (IT) diagrams have used a cloud as a symbol for a network. Eventually cloud and network became almost synonymous. When the internet came along, it was referred to as “the cloud,” and things that happened there “happened in the cloud.” Today, “Cloud Computing” is often used in the same sense, as computing that happens somewhere else, i.e. on the network. This differs from the definition of Cloud Computing that will be posited and used in this forecast, but the implication is that things will frequently be called “Cloud Computing” that are not. Sometimes this is intentional, as is the case in “cloud washing,” the application of the “cloud” label to an existing technology to improve sales. At other times, it is just poor choice of words. Being able to understand this distinction, however, is important to understanding the full implications of this forecast. This confusion around “cloud” also means that some of the industry statistics may be suspect, which will cloud the accuracy of the market forecasts.
Virtualization Technologies Market to top $290 Billion Over the Next Five Years
(Colorado Springs, CO - October 13) A new research report, examining the future evolution of virtualization, cloud computing and green IT has concluded, among others, that the consolidated total market of virtualization technology is going to grow by a healthy 8.6% CAGR over the forecast period (2010-2016), reaching an aggregate of over $292 Billion over the same period.
The report titled: “The Future of Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Green IT - Global Technologies & Markets Outlook - 2011-2016” forecasts, among other findings, that Virtualization and Green IT present unique opportunities for purchasers and suppliers. Cloud Computing, on the other hand, will be a disruptive technology that will ultimately change the face of computing.
“Business Developers in firms that deliver IT services or that use Information Technology to deliver their own products and services to consumers, need a detailed insight into the sea change affect that technologies like Cloud Computing will have on the competitive landscape, and into the magnitude and types of the impacts,” said Jim Mathews, the new report’s lead analyst.
The report’s 385 Pages, 235 Tables and 248 Figures, covers in detail vendors, products, installed-base, procurement and markets of Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Green IT sectors, including such crucial insights as:
North America and European Virtualization Aggregate Markets to Top $218 Billion over the coming Five Years
North American and European Virtualization Market Forecast are both going to grow by a healthy 8.5% CAGR over 2010 - 2016 period, creating aggregate markets of $123.8 Billion in North America and $94.7 Billion in Europe over the same period.
This is one of the conclusions reached by Market Intel Group’s new research report titled: “The Future of Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Green IT - Global Technologies & Markets Outlook - 2011-2016”.
The report, with its 385 pages, 235 tables and 248 figures, is the only available research simultaneously describing, analyzing and forecasting the evolution of three emerging IT technologies and trends, two of which are currently near what Gartner Inc.’s Hype Cycle refers to as the “peak of inflated expectations”. The result is unique insight into the economic, technological and business future of computing.
The report covers in detail vendors, products, installed-base, procurement and markets of Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Green IT sectors. Furthermore, two possible forecast scenarios - one hypothesizing a slow economic recovery, and the other hypothesizing a fast economic recovery - give planners, purchasers and suppliers a well-reasoned over-the-horizon perspective of the possible ways computing will evolve over the next five years.
Among others, the report includes such crucial insights as:
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