Virtualization is the key underpinning technology for cloud computing, but it's starting to lose its identity as a distinct market segment, at least on the server side. Yet in other areas, like desktops, mobile devices and user profiles, virtualization is still a market with plenty in the gas tank.
We're not hearing many startups even using the word "virtualization" to describe what they do, but behind the scenes, the cloud-enabling technology continues to make all kinds of useful things possible.
The action in the virtualization these days is centered on solving bring-your-own-device challenges and the storage bottlenecks that have kept the virtual desktop space from fully blooming.
Following are CRN's top 10 stories of the year in the virtualization market.