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The Year of Virtualization

I think this year will be a great year for virtualization!

I got a note from a notable virtualization company today proclaiming that this year is going to be the year of virtualization.  With the arrival and notoriety gained by Xen last year I don't doubt it in the Linux space.

Along with the popularity of the commercial tools like VMware things are looking very interesting. In a recent Goldman Sachs survey*, enterprise CIOs were asked to rank which software vendors were “gaining or losing share of your IT spending dollars.” Notable gainers were:

1. VMware
5. Oracle
7. Red Hat
8. Microsoft

And the losers:

1. Novell
2. CA

I think it's going to be a great year for IT. I think it's going to be a whole new ball game though compared to the spending habits of the dot.com era. I think IT is back but I qualify that as "smart IT" where purchases are scrutinized and value solutions win out over long time trusted names that come with hefty price tags. I think that Windows will continue to succumb to Linux in the data center, MySQL and Postgres will continue to win projects that once fell to Oracle and DB/2.

I think the real opportunity is for management and development tools to continue to build applications that compliment open source software. Well now that it's in print you can can call B.S. if  I am wrong.

More Stories By Mark R. Hinkle

Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Soure Solutions at Citrix. He also is along-time open source expert and advocate. He is a co-founder of both the Open Source Management Consortium and the Desktop Linux Consortium. He has served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Hinkle is also the author of the book, "Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration" (Thomson, 2006). His blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at http://www.socializedsoftware.com.

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Prognosticator 12/10/05 07:31:44 AM EST

}}} I think the real opportunity is for management and development tools to continue to build applications that complement open source software. {{{

So no 'open source backlash' in '06 then? It is bound though to come at some point, no?

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