VMware remains the server virtualization leader, but competitors have emerged with attractive alternatives, especially for server consolidation and virtual infrastructure management. Focus first on business requirements so that current and future virtualization requirements can be met now and for years to come by the vendor that you choose. However, don’t automatically go with the vendor with the most market share, as many competitors have compelling offerings that may be good enough, especially if the internal cloud is not in your immediate plans.
Use this research to:
•Understand current capabilities of server virtualization vendors.
•Evaluate offerings of VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat & Oracle for best fit.
•Use scenario analysis and case studies to shortlist vendors.
•Assess implementation recommendations and pitfalls.
Make best-fit server virtualization decisions to balance the best server virtualization capabilities with lowest TCO.