Despite a recession that is hammering almost every part of the IT landscape, IDC says the market for virtual server management software will grow more than 21 percent-to $2.3 billion-by 2013. The growth is fueled by the increased use of virtualization technology in production environments in data centers, a trend that is ramping up in large part because of the demands on IT departments to increase their service levels while cutting expenses. Recent moves by HP and Cisco illustrate the push for greater management capabilities in virtualized data centers.
Though the global recession is pounding much of the IT industry, one
area that is expected to see strong growth over the next three to four
years is virtual server management software, according to research firm
In a report released April 9, IDC analysts said they expect to see
revenues in this space-which they admitted was a newly defined part of
the market-from $871 million in 2008 to almost $2.3 billion in 2013.
Businesses are growing their use of virtualization technology in the
data center, moving it out of the test-and-development arena and into
production environments. That shift comes at the same time that the
recession is forcing IT departments to find ways to maintain or grow
their levels of service while having to cut their budgets.
These large-scale deployments of virtual machines will fuel the
growth of the virtual server management software, particularly in
Windows, Unix and Linux platforms, IDC said.
Initially, most of the attention will focus on products around
change and configuration management, including discovery,
configuration, provisioning, software distribution and change control,
according to IDC analyst Mary Johnston Turner.
"While change and configuration management will rule in the short
term, performance management and event automation management
capabilities will eventually take hold," Turner said in a statement.
By 2013, the idea of virtual server management capabilities will
begin to disappear, blending with core systems management platforms to
become part of the fabric of dynamic data centers, she said.
Automation software already is becoming a key focus for many of the
top players in the data center. Hewlett-Packard officials, in releasing
enhancements to its automation software suite
April 8, said that along with the benefits of reduced costs and
increased agility, virtualization technology also adds complexity into
the data center mix, which calls for greater automation capabilities.
Cisco Systems, which is looking to grow its Unified Computing System data center strategy
, April 9 announced it was buying Tidal Software
for $105 million, not only for its application management software but
also for products that let users automate various practices and tasks.
In its study, IDC also found that many businesses have yet to
integrate virtual and physical resource management processes, or
aligned virtual server management practices with ITIL (IT
Infrastructure Library) management standards. IDC also said that as the
virtual server management space matures, it will open up opportunities
for new competitors.