Virtualization related discussions often lead to a single question and that’s “Which company is best in offering virtualization software and services?” So, here’s a list of 10 coolest Virtualization Companies prevailing in the market.
VMware- VMware is a leader in offering virtualization software and so has its roots spread all over the world. All major data centers located in the world have VMware software propelled Virtual Machines in their IT environments and that’s how this product dominates. VMware’s prominence doesn’t end with its commercial offering VMware vSphere, but gets to the desktop level and offers VMware server product.
Microsoft- Microsoft occupies number two position in the world of virtualization and has come up with the only non-Linux hypervisor, Hyper-V. The said solution competes with VMware in the market of virtualization with easy licensing. With each Windows Server release, Hyper-V is getting strong and so all those enterprises which are looking to leverage the company’s Azure Cloud Services can use on-premises Hyper V services along with Azure.
Citrix- This Company was once considered as a lone wolf of application virtualization, but now it also owns the world’s most used cloud vendor software called Xen server. Amazon uses Xen for its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) services. So, do Rackspace, Carpathai, SoftLayer and 1and1 for their cloud offerings.
Red Hat- When it comes to open source software, Red Hat happens to be a true leader since 15 years. It is already called as most successful open source company and has entered the world of virtualization in 2008 when it purchased Qumranet. It also gained access to KVM SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environment). Red Hat released the SPICE protocol as open source in December 2009. The company’s renowned Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) desktop and server virtualization platform is based on the KVM hypervisor and Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server operating system. RHEV is based on open standards and works with Linux and Windows, as well as enterprise applications like SAP, SAS and Oracle.
Oracle- This Company is already known to be a leader in enterprise database server market and on an additional note, its acquisition of Sun Microsystems has made it an impressive virtualization player as well. Oracle now owns Sun Solaris operating system, multiple virtualization software solutions like Solaris Zones, LDoms and xVM and server hardware (SPARC).
Amazon- Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) of Amazon is industry’s standard virtualization cloud platform. Ubuntu’s Cloud server supports seamless integration with Amazon EC2 services.
Google- Known as an internet juggernaut, the said web services provider also offers open source Google Ganeti Cluster virtual server management software tool. This tool is built on top of existing virtualization technologies like XEN or KVM and essentially serves as a wrapper around these hypervisors to help system admins set up clusters.
Parallels which is now Odin- Parallels is a little known company which uses its open source OpenVZ project for its commercial hosting product for Linux Virtual private servers. Users often review the platform as high density and low cost. Parallels has also developed a containerized Windows platform to maximize the number of Windows hosts for a given amount of hardware. Thus, Parallels which is best known for its desktop and application virtualization offering like Parallels Desktop and Server Products for Mac, the company’s service got rebranded as Odin on March 2015. After the rebranding, Parallels Cloud Server has been renamed as Virtuozzo and this service allows applications to run in light weight and in separate containers.
Huawei- This company is new to virtualization business and was incepted in 2011. Huawei has a strong market base with Telcos and in emerging markets and countries like China, Brazil, Russia and India. The company’s FusionSphere virtualization infrastructure software headlines Huawei’s virtualization and cloud infrastructure stack, is based on Xen and leverages OpenStack across its FusionSphere and FusionCloud solutions.
VDI- Virtual Bridges is the company that invented what’s now known as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI. It offers a product called VEEDE which allows companies deploy Windows and Linux Desktops from any 32 bit or 34 bit Linux server infrastructure running Kernel 2.6 or above. In Feb’15, Nimboxx acquired Virtual Bridges VEEDE VDI Business.