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Oct 22 2010   3:09PM GMT

Choosy admins choose vSphere

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

In yesterday’s blog post on the Hyper-V vs. VMware fight (or lack thereof), I mentioned that 76% of virtualization users named VMware as their primary platform, compared to just 13% that named Microsoft.

Those numbers come from our “Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey,” but they’re just scratching the surface. We also have a breakdown by specific platform, and here are those numbers:

What is your primary virtualization platform?


VSphere 42%
ESX 3.5 18%
ESXi 12%
VMware Server 4%
ESX (prior to 3.5) 1%


Hyper-V 7%
Hyper-V R2 5%
Virtual Server 1%

Just 3.8% of respondents identified XenServer, in case you’re wondering, and no other option got much above 1%.

One thing to note is that vSphere and Hyper-V R2 came out within just months of each other. VSphere is the leading primary platform now, while Hyper-V R2 fares only slightly better than legacy VMware platforms.

These results show that VMware’s lengthy head start in the server virtualization market is still a big advantage. When a new product comes out, much of VMware’s large customer base will adopt it rather quickly. Microsoft doesn’t have that large, loyal following, and it shows when you look at these numbers.

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