Gartner recently released its 2013 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization. Quick summary in comparison to last years Quadrant (see 2012 below): Not much change for Oracle, Parallels and Redhat. On the other hand Citrix lost some ground (probably due to the fact that they are focusing on Desktop Virtualization), and with no surprise Microsoft’s score has increased. It seems that Microsoft’s platform has matured and is beginning to turn heads in bigger enterprises, VMware still dominates the enterprise market. As much as I love VMware’s products, I like the fact that Microsoft is doing well and keeping VMware on their toes. Remember that competition sparks innovation and lower costs and will always benefit the customers. I encourage you to read the full report from Gartner and let me know if you agree with their assessment.
For those who haven’t seen it, Gartner released their 2013 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays.
As expected, the big 6 are in the top right quadrant. The difference this year is that the big 6 are bunched closer together, which most probably represents that the playing field is beginning to even out. EMC is still sitting on the throne, this is due to their marketing abilities and well built ecosystem. Also, new in the visionaries (bottom-right) is Nimble Storage, a private storage company gaining ground quickly.
I suggest you take this with a grain of salt; with software defined storage and host based flash caching around the corner, it will definitely change the game and in essence the landscape. What do you think? View the complete Gartner Analysis.