Virtualization: VMware VCenter Server 4.1 and VMware vSphere 4.1
VMware released vSphere 4.1, its cloud operating system, this year to focus on making virtualization, and its management and deployment, more efficient, and provide greater control and flexibility for enterprises.
Why are these advances such a big deal? For example, vSphere 4.1 provides nice memory compression technology, which reduces memory bottlenecks and makes stuff just run faster. In terms of scalabilitywhich is huge for cloud computing deployments, be they hosted or privatevSphere 4.1 is capable of scaling to as many as 10,000 virtual machines at a rate of 3,000 per cluster. Those are mind-numbing numbers and certainly raise the bar.
VMware in 2010 simply delivered on what the marketplace needed in virtualization technology, and for that we give it Product of the Year kudos.