To cut costs by consolidating servers, customers are partitioning smaller two- and four-way x86 volume servers with special software that helps carve up space on a server to run multiple operating systems, or applications.
“Virtualization is a follow on to a lot of the consolidation activities we’ve been seeing over the last four or five years,” said Matt Eastwood, vice president of IDC’s server research.
“The virtualization aspect of consolidation becomes more strategic because you can have a real impact on your infrastructure in terms of how many systems you have. You can really take out costs associated with management of systems if you do it correctly.” P>He said dual- and multi-core processors and 64-bit computing for Windows and Linux are gaining popularity, noting that existing offerings for Intel-based platforms are perceived as “proven,” and will drive wider acceptance.
IDC also found that:
IDC’s research comes as software vendors are scrambling to find fair licensing schemes.