Microsoft narrows gap with VMware

Hyper-V makes good showing in first months of availability, IDC says

Second-quarter virtualization-software growth was driven largely by a 60 percent increase in shipments of x86 hypervisors. CISC virtualization license shipments dropped 15 percent while RISC licenses dropped 7 percent.

Hardware vendors who ship servers already virtualized also are benefiting from the virtualization boom. Shipments of virtualized servers rose 52 percent over the previous year, with HP leading the way at 34 percent of all shipments. Dell solidified its position as the No. 2 vendor by more than doubling its shipments and clocking in at 29 percent market share, up from 25 percent in the first quarter. "Dell's strong performance was driven by solid growth of Intel-based processors and a very strong performance from Advanced Micro Devices sales," IDC reports.

IBM came in third at 16 percent market share, with solid performances in virtualized Power Systems and RISC servers.

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