Virtualization used to be about servers and desktops, but the technology is working its way into other parts of IT infrastructure. As virtualization adoption has flourished, so too has the services business of IT solution providers.
All of the hype about virtualization beyond the server is starting to come to fruition. Virtual desktop infrastructure, which has always looked great on paper, is a prime example. VDI has stumbled in the marketplace due to the storage costs and bandwidth demands, but as IT budgets loosen up as part of the broader economic upturn, more organizations are looking at deploying VDI.
Meanwhile, network virtualization is also looming on the horizon. According to solution providers, customers are interested in the technology but still have to get more out of their current infrastructure before they can seriously consider deploying it.
Here, CRN presents its annual list of the virtualization vendors tackling these different facets of the technology.