December 6, 2010 – IDC forecasts that more than 23 percent of all servers shipped in 2014 will be actively supporting virtual machine technology and more than 70 percent of all server workloads installed on new shipments in 2014 will reside in a virtual machine. These forecasts are based on broad customer acceptance and confidence in the role of virtualization in the data center.

IDC also predicts that more than $19 billion will be spent on server hardware in support of these applications. This is more than twice the rate of the overall server market from 2009 to 2014, and IDC expects that this robust growth in server virtualization will continue through 2014 as data center adoption is increasingly considered mainstream in mature economies and as organizations in emerging regions look for data center efficiencies as they increase their server investments.

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