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Worldwide Virtual Machine Forecast, 2015–2019: Strong Virtualization Growth Is Tempered by Cloud and Containers

Worldwide Virtual Machine Forecast, 2015–2019: Strong Virtualization Growth Is Tempered by Cloud and Containers

This IDC study reviews shipment growth of the server market and presents an updated forecast for the rate of virtualization and IDC's forecast for virtual machine density up to 2019."Virtualization has made its way into almost all datacenter environments, and we continue to expect strong adoption across all server market sectors," says Jorge Vela, research analyst, Servers and Virtualization at IDC. "Our forecast for VMs remains robust, driven by adoption of the private cloud and a shift to next-generation cloud-native apps. However, saturation in mature market and the deployment of competing technologies — including Docker containers and open source cloud system software — will put downward pressure on virtualization license ASPs in the out-years of our forecast."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Virtual Machine Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
Increasing Adoption of Private Cloud
Shift to Next-Generation Cloud-Native Applications
Inhibitors
High Virtualization Rates in Mature Markets
Commoditization of Virtualization Software
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Physical Server
New Server Shipments Virtualized
Logical Server Units
Virtual Machine Software
Server Instance
Virtual Machine Density
Methodology
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