Hypervisor 201: The 2014 Virtualization Market Update

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Hypervisor 201: The 2014 Virtualization Market Update

We all know that cloud computing has become a critical component of most modern businesses. At the center of this virtualization revolution site the hypervisor and the virtual platform.

Over the course of 2013, we saw a huge increase in data center adoption, hybrid cloud models, and an even greater push towards hypervisor and infrastructure agnosticism. That’s where we find out biggest changes. The hypervisor market no longer caters to the paravirtualization drivers it has to optimize, nor does it really care as much about the hardware that it sits on. Of course, those are still crucial to the virtualization experience.

In this article from Data Center Knowledge – We take a look at the core aspects of the modern hypervisor, some core updates to the platform, and who the major players really are. From a technical perspective, the piece looks at:

  • Type I Hypervisor
  • Type II Hypervisor. 
  • Guest Machine. 
  • Host Machine. 
  • Paravirtualization Tools. 
  • Next-gen APIs.

Once you grasp the core aspects of the modern hypervisor – the article begins to look at the major hypervisor players in the market today. This includes Gartner’s leaders (Which only listed two in 2013):

  • VMware vSphere
  • Microsoft Hyper-V

The article also examines other players in the market including:

  • Citrix XenServer 6.2
  • KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine)
  • Oracle VM 3.2

Just like any piece of major technology – there will be constant advancements and evolutionary points. When it comes to cloud and virtualization- the demand has certainly driven a lot of the innovation. Moving forward, we’ll start seeing a lot more open-connect hypervisor systems capable of greater heterogeneous inter-connectivity and better cloud awareness.

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