Top 5 Virtualization Companies to Watch

Watch this battle unfold. The virtualization wars are just getting started. One of the biggest IT buzz words of the few years, ‘virtualization‘ has brought incredible promise to the world of information technology. The transition from physical to virtual servers leads to better flexibility. And as a added benefit, virtualization lets you fully utilize your hardware with better resource management.

Many companies actually increase their power consumption when they virtualize. And virtual servers combined with a SAN allow for improved protection against disasters. So it is not a surprise why Microsoft, Citrix and VMware — they all want a bite of virtualization market!

Let it be server virtualization, desktop virtualization, private cloud computing or virtualization management; companies like Citrix, VMware and Microsoft are battling to survive the ‘intense customer pressure’. But at this point, everybody knows virtualization isn’t just about Citrix XenServer VDI, VMware vCenter, VMware ESX or Microsoft VDI anymore. There are so many emerging companies that look very promising in the virtualization frontier. These top 5 emerging virtualization vendors have the potential to deliver the best virtualization software solutions on the market today.

These virtualization vendors (companies) were selected based on the overall effectiveness of their solutions in addressing enterprise challenges in the areas of desktop management, I/O processing bottlenecks, unwieldy file storage, virtual server management and disaster recovery. So here goes the list of top 5 virtualization companies to watch in 2011!

1. Amazon EC2:

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon’s EC2 is the industry standard virtualization platform. Ubuntu’s Cloud Server supports seamless integration with Amazon’s services. EngineYard’s Ruby application services leverage Amazon’s cloud as well. Using EC2 you can very quickly provision yourself a server, meeting your personal requirements, use it for a period of time you determine, and then remove it, drastically cutting down on the costs and complexities of building your own server or purchasing dedicated server resources.

2. V-8000 Virtual I/O Server appliance

The V-8000 Virtual I/O Server appliance, from 3Leaf Systems, aims at virtualizing I/O subsystems for large pools of servers, bringing mainframe-class availability and resiliency to x86 commodity systems. I/O bottlenecks are a major pain point in large, virtualized server environments and it’s definitely a problem to scale up lots of virtual machines on a cluster and not be able to scale up the I/O at the same time. 3Leaf is aimed at addressing this.

3. KVM [Kernel-based Virtual Machines]:

Kernel-based Virtual Machines are gaining popularity amongst those who are interested in virtualized desktop infrastructure or VDI. KVM is owned and developed by Qumranet–which is now owned by Red Hat. KVM is efficient and super fast which is why it’s being widely considered for VDI. Many cloud computing companies are also using it for its commercial offerings.

4. VirtualLogix VLX™

Virtualization and mobility are exploding in the IT market, and VirtualLogix is poised to have a bite of both these technologies. VLX, delivers virtualization technology that enables multiple operating systems and application software solutions to co-exist and function seamlessly in a real-time environment critical for connected mobile devices today.

By creating operating system and hardware platform independence, as well as enhanced device security and improved performance for multimedia and gaming applications, VLX is a key enabler of the latest ARM-based consumer devices. VLX solves fundamental challenges by allowing re-use of proven wireless software with the latest high-level operating systems, thus reducing overall development issues and costs by lessening requirements for retesting and recertification.

5. Parallels

Parallels uses its open source OpenVZ project for its commercial hosting product for Linux virtual private servers. High density and low cost are the two keywords you’ll hear when experiencing a Parallels-based hosting solution. Parallels brings the power of virtualization to the masses at a reasonable cost. Products such as Parallels Desktop (and VMware Fusion) are also helping drive Mac adoption in the enterprise. Parallels has also developed a containerized Windows platform to maximize the number of Windows hosts for a given amount of hardware.

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