The world of virtualization and the virtual IT environment is growing.  More and more enterprises are migrating their technologies towards virtualization to maximize their computing resources and physical IT infrastructures.  With these developments, software developers and application providers are also following the trend.  They are boosting more powerful virtualization solutions in order to cater the growing demand of the market.  It is no wonder that the virtualization market is now a $15 billion industry.  This is due to the increased spending of companies on virtualization applications and products.

Of course, favorable market scenarios open up greater opportunities especially for software developers and application vendors.  It is not surprising therefore to see very stiff and cutthroat competition among virtualization market leaders.  A mark of accelerated market competition for virtualization products is the increasing number of acquisitions and mergers of software companies.  Actually, acquisition is a more apt term because giant players continue to gobble up middleware developers to increase their market advantage. 

Today, the virtualization market is literally dominated by few software companies.  This led some IT analysts to speculate that the virtualization market is heading towards monopolization.  If this happens, consumers would be adversely affected.  The fear has solid grounding due to the accelerated rate of acquisitions and consolidation of software few software companies.

On the other hand, some sectors believe that due to the increasing demand of enterprises for more sophisticated virtualization product, the market would eventually prosper because developers will continue to develop new technologies.  This will fuel further growth and faster market build up for virtualization applications.

Virtualization performance is normally sacrificed to enhance compatibility.  This is usually the standard practice whenever an IT infrastructure shifts to virtual machines and applications.  However, with the development of hardware and processors that can be configured for virtualization, sacrificing performance has been significantly diminished. 

Intel and AMD are able to develop new hardware that can drive full virtualization applications.  Their device drivers have been configured to let virtual environments to run normally thus eliminating performance issues.  With this advance in hardware technology, virtualization application developers also improved their software design. It is possible now to allow guest operating system to run unmodified in the host system.  It makes the virtual operating system fully functional enabling users to maximize their virtual machines.

IT managers and administrators are the ones who will feel the full benefit improved virtualization performance.  They can now manage different virtual machines, servers, applications on a single console using the original configuration of guest systems.  It will certainly drive forward the efficiency, productivity, and utility of their IT infrastructures.  Through this, the IT capability of companies and enterprises could be used using interoperable systems.  It will boost growth and increase the computing capability companies which could directly impact on the overall performance of the enterprise.

Virtualization technology is still developing.  That is why some IT experts are cautioning IT managers in plunging head on to virtualization technologies without safety nets.  The development however of new hardware and new configurations could minimize the risk associated with full migration to virtual architecture.

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