VMware Cloud Faces Competition from OpenStack, Microsoft Azure
Asay reports on comments made by IDC analyst Al Gillen, who recently spoke at the Open Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco.
Make no mistake; VMware dominates the virtualization market, said Gillen, with about a 60% market share. Other solutions, like Microsoft’s Hyper-V, with 25% of the market, and KVM, whose deployments increased 50% in 2012, will become clear threats in the distant future.
Gillen points out that competition from these companies isn’t as important to VMware as some important trends: a shift toward multi-hypervisor environments and growing shift from virtualization to cloud.
About 15% of enterprises deploy multiple hypervisors, said Gillen, who expects that number to double within the next two years, as companies experiment with new virtualization technologies. This opens up the market to VMware competitors, who will grab some market share. Gillen said that as more companies use non-VMware technologies, it takes away from VMware’s cloud offerings. The reason? Virtualization is a precursor to cloud adoption.
Another concern for VMware: as more companies go to the cloud, vendors sell cloud software and embed hypervisors other than VMware into the package. In a survey, more than half (53%) said they were using a new hypervisor versus 47% that deployed their existing technology.
The trend toward multiple hypervisors is definitely not helping VMware cloud adoption, while OpenStack adoption is rising fast, particularly for private clouds. Given the plug-and-play nature of Piston’s products, you can get started with OpenStack right away, without any reliance on a particular vendor’s technology.