Vendors often claim that virtualization is a stepping stone to the cloud, and it’s tough to argue, but there is still a ton of innovation and attention being paid to virtualization itself. The early ROI for server virtualization has been impressive, and now virtualization players are working to get those same advantages going in other parts of IT.
Even as many data center virtualization startups have moved on to the cloud, virtualization is still one of the IT industry’s most charged buzzwords. Of course, virtualization isn’t just happening in the data center. Desktop virtualization continues to make inroads and storage virtualization startups have been getting a ton of attention in recent months. But the hottest part of the market right now is virtualization management, where startups are building tools and functionality that plugs gaps that exist in big companies’ portfolios.
Here we take a look at part one of CRN's Virtualization 100, a comprehensive list of who's who in the virtualization space. Click here for part 2.