V-index: How do you stack up?

Last week, I had the privilege to participate in a Veeam podcast on the topic of the newly released V-index. The V-index, sponsored by Veeam and carried out by Vansom Bourne, aims to capture three very relevant metrics on an ongoing basis:

  • Virtualization rate. The percentage of servers/workloads in an organization that is virtualized.
  • Consolidation ratio. The average number of virtual workloads per physical host.
  • Primary hypervisor in use. Hyper-V, Citrix or VMware?

Vansom Bourne has consolidated responses from more than 500 valid respondents and will do so on a regular basis. This will provide invaluable information that will help organization gauge their own progress when it comes to virtualization, which is quickly moving toward the 50% mark (which will make it the norm!)

As of the first publication, V-index shows a 39.4% virtualization penetration rate, and an average consolidation ratio of 6:1. When it comes to the hypervisor race, VMware leads the pack with 58.2% of market share followed by Citrix with 20.2% and Microsoft’s Hyper-V with 18.6%. It will be interesting to see of VMware’s recent license adjustments move these numbers at all.

I love the concept of V-index and look forward to seeing ongoing trend lines that will really help organizations gauge with consistent data their progress and market trends.

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