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Virtualization on upswing in Europe, VMware lead shrinks

Arun Mysore

Led by Western Europe, the Europe, Middle East Africa (EMEA) region saw higher adoption of server virtualization in the last quarter of 2009. The competition among vendors also intensified and market leader VMware’s lead shrunk a little in the same period.

Led by Western Europe, the Europe, Middle East Africa (EMEA)
region saw higher adoption of server virtualization in the last
quarter of 2009, says IDC. The competition among vendors also
intensified and market leader VMware’s lead shrunk a little in the
same period.

IDC’s EMEA quarterly Server Virtualization Tracker
is helpful in comparing performance of virtualization market
between last quarters of 2009 and 2008.

Virtualization adoption rose in Western Europe. 20.2% of new
servers shipped to Western Europe in fourth quarter of 2009 were
virtualized compared to 19.3% a year ago.

In the entire EMEA region.  17.7% of all new servers
shipped in EMEA were virtualized, an increase from 16.31% in fourth
quarter of 2008. EMEA virtualization software revenue also
increased by 3.9% and touched $158 million.

“The availability of CPU upgrades and corporate mandates for
their IT infrastructure to go ‘virtual’ prompted many organizations
to initiate long delayed technology refreshes,” said
 Nathaniel Martinez a program director at IDC, explaining the
upturn.

“Server virtualization has become the default build for new
application deployments, and server refreshes among many European
organizations, and this is having a profound impact on IT
infrastructure directions,” he added.

The growing Virtualization market is also seeing increasing
competition between vendors.

VMware’s revenue decreased 1.8% year over year and the market
leader also saw overall virtualization license shipments decline 3%
over the same period. Microsoft’s virtualization license shipments
increased 37.7% year over year. But Citrix’s XenServer grew by a
whopping 355% year over year due to the company offering the
product free.

But the EMEA server virtualization market continues to shift
towards the use of paid hypervisors, with paid virtualization
software now running on 71.7% of all new virtual servers.

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