Magic Quadrant for Virtualization – No Big Surprises
As more shifts happen in the virtualization market place, you would imagine that there would be significant movement in the space around the Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for x86 Server Virtualization. Ironically, there was little to be surprised by in the July release of the Gartner MQ.
VMware and Microsoft: Sharing the Lead
What is entirely unsurprising is that VMware and Microsoft share the lead on this quadrant in both the vision and execution scales. VMware has become the juggernaut on server virtualization, although many would put more weight behind RedHat potentially, the leaders today have not shifted much from recent months and years.
If anything, some may also have doubts about the placement of Microsoft, but with Hyper-V on Server 2012 R2 seeing a massive uptake, you will continue to see Microsoft up here and possible edging closer to where VMware currently has a stranglehold on the server virtualization industry.
This is the key question that you have to ask with any such report is “What’s missing from the criteria?”, which in this case is the management platforms. Yes, the MQ covers server virtualization, but it also specifically excludes the management framework
As quoted from the Gartner article:
Not included in the x86 server virtualization infrastructure market are higher-level management functions, such as operational automation tools that deal with virtual resources, application performance tools that leverage and monitor virtualization, disaster recovery tools that leverage virtualization, desktop provisioning and brokering software, and so forth.
That is a rather significant omission when you consider the feature set that is being ignored in its absence. That being said, it may only further emphasize the incumbent leaders in the quadrant if you were see the full management frameworks included. You can read the full report here for free at the Gartner web site.