There's no question that hypervisors have proven their worth in data center and server virtualization. The benefits are many: separating computers and servers from the hardware, more efficient resource use, fast deployment and snapshots, backup and transfer that allows for quick recovery and more.
But virtualization continues to expand exponentially outside of the data center and server worlds, as customers demand those benefits in other systems. That demand is especially growing in vertical markets such as automotive, industrial, medical and financial.
These are just some of the findings in the newest Heavy Reading report, "Future of Virtualization: Focus on Hypervisors." This report examines hypervisors, utilizing data collected from ten companies that provide such solutions. It analyzes vendor investment strategies, challenges the market faces and trends expected over the next 18 to 24 months. And it provides a detailed comparative analysis of solutions.
We agree that hypervisors hold an important place in the overall picture of virtualization, which we believe is the ultimate term to encompass the impact that such technology will have on the future. It's also why we created and have been working for almost a year on the Future of Virtualization program. We specifically chose IoT platforms as the first in a series of research topics that will focus on the technologies featured in Virtuapedia.
Already, we have more than 880 companies and 1,200 products and services featured in Virtuapedia, and we're also focusing on the associations, alliances and organizations -- more than 300 of which we've discovered that likely will play a vital role as virtualization continues to develop.
And while there's no way to tell just how much impact hypervisors will have in the future of virtualization, there is no question that the hundreds of companies and thousands of products we've featured are banking on the success of hypervisors and other technologies that are the backbone of virtualization.
— Denise Culver, Director of Online Research, Heavy Reading