Hyper-V market share jumps more than 30% since 2008
It looks like Microsoft is slowing eating away at VMware’s dominance in the virtualization space. In this Wall Street Journal article, it’s noted that, in 2008, IDC trackers estimated that Hyper-V was in use on 20.3% of new virtualized systems. Last year, this figure was 27.6%. At the same time, VMware’s market share dropped from 65.4% in 2008 to 56.8% last year.
However, before jumping to conclusions, understand that there are two possible reasons for this change in market share:
- Microsoft really could be eating VMware’s lunch, with customers choosing to drop VMware in favor of Microsoft.
- More likely, newer customers have come aboard that have opted for Hyper-V over VMware or an organization has chosen to deploy Hyper-V alongside their existing vSphere environments. Either scenario could result in the market figures described.
We’ll see a lot of these kinds of statistics over time. If possible, try to dig a bit deeper to see if the existing market has changed or if the market has simply grown with new players skewing the odds.