For much more on the pervasive usage of virtualization, see Wikibon's research on Software-led Infrastructure.
Primary Research on the VMware Integration Journey
2014: The Next Battleground is Orchestration
2013: Multi-hypervisor Impact on Virtualization
Wikibon's 2013 customer survey focused on hypervisor trends; VMware remains dominant although strong growth in both Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM. The storage integration scorecard is also updated (third year) to include vSphere 5.1.
Primary Article Including Survey and Research: VMware Dominant in Multi-Hypervisor Data Centers
Additional Survey Analysis:
- Wikibon Hypervisor Study: Additional Analysis of Multi-Hypervisor Environments
- Deeper Look into Microsoft Hyper-V and VDI
- Production Oracle Database Virtualization reaches 55 percent and is Growing Fast
- Growth of Virtualization of Mission Critical Applications
2012: vSphere 5 and Storage Maturity
Building off the 2011 research, Wikibon updated scoring for vSphere 5.0 environments that included extensive improvements for NFS integrations. The second annual customer survey showed rapid adoption of vSphere 5 along with valuable insights on multi-hypervisor environments, storage protocol usage and more.
Primary Research article: VSphere 5 Storage Integration chips away at Management Overhead
Primary Survey Article: Wikibon 2012 vSphere 5 Survey shows Customer Satisfaction and Rapid Adoption
Definitions of the feature list: VSphere V5 Storage Integration Points
Supporting Survey Articles:
- User feedback on vSphere 5 and overall virtualization adoption
- Storage Protocol analysis
- Multi-hypervisor deployments
2011: VDI Ecosystem and Scoring the Storage Industry on VMware Integration
Wikibon's examination of the fragmented VDI ecosystem with milestones that customers should look for that define the journey: The Journey of Desktops From Virtualization to Any Device Anywhere
Wikibon did a comprehensive review of how storage vendors are progressing towards improving VMware solutions through the use of integration points. In addition to creating a scorecard that gives users a methodology for evaluating the top storage suppliers, the results of an extensive customer survey scrutinized adoption of vSphere 4.x environments.
Summary article: VMware Storage Integration Journey Checkpoint
Primary and supporting pieces:
- Integration Points and Scoring Research
- Definitions of vSphere 4 Integration Points
- Wikibon User Survey Results
- VMware Storage Leaderboard: Who Has the Best Integration?
Post-VMworld 2011 article on VMware Storage Innovation
2010: The VMware Storage Integration Journey
Wikibon took a deep look at how the integration of infrastructure with VMware needed to mature solutions.
Primary Article: The Value of the VMware Integration Journey
- Milestones in the Virtual Computing Infrastructure Journey
- Storage Road Map to meet Virtualization Infrastructure Milestones
- Backup Road Map to meet Virtualization Infrastructure Milestones
- Network Road Map to meet Virtualization Infrastructure Milestones
- Security Roadmap to Meet Virtualization Journey
- Management Road Map to meet Virtualization Infrastructure Milestones
- Wikibon Virtual Infrastructure Adoption Projections
Focus on VMware vSphere vs. Microsoft Hyper-V
- vSphere 5.1 vs. Hyper-V 2012 Comparison including both Premium and Enterprise versions, article and video with David M Davis and Scott D Lowe
- Market Leader Under Attack: VMware
- Begin preparing now for the multi-hypervisor age
- VMware vs Microsoft: It's time to stop the madness (a look at price calculators)
- VMware vs Microsoft virtualization is about more than just economics
- An Analysis of the Microsoft vs VMware Landscape
Wikibon Peer Incites on VMware-related topics
VMware related topics have been some of the most popular calls, see the full archive here.
July 2011 vSphere 5 Peer Incite: Maximizing the Value of VMware Infrastructure and App
6 sub articles:
- VMware: The Godzilla of Enterprise Cloud
- CIO Action: Increased Flexibility Likely Outweighs Increased VMware vSphere 5.0 License Costs
- When should IT move to VMware 5?
- VSphere 5: VMware Administrator as Focal Point of Restructuring IT
- How Virtual Storage Appliances will shake up the Storage for VMware Market
- VMware Automation Provides Opportunity to Trim IT Headcount
June 2011: Oracle and Virtualization
February 2011 Desktop Virtualization Cold Hard Facts
April 2010: VMware Backup
theCUBE at VMworld
theCUBE at VMworld 2013 including full coverage of SDDC, vCHS, EUC and much more.
theCUBE at VMworld 2010: SiliconAngle YouTube Playlist
Infographics on Virtualization from WikibonVirtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
The future of the corporate desktop is a flexible end-user experience with a cost-effective centralized management.
The pending enterprise stack wars pit highly vertically integrated companies against a virtually integrated whole. In theory, the vertical approach can be more easily managed because its owned by a single company. However the virtual approach is more open and potentially has more industry reach.