Last year I already covered the Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, and last week Gartner released the 2013 version. The Gartner Magic Quadrant includes all the major companies which do x86 virtualization solutions such as VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, Parallels and Red Hat. Gartner shows the strengths and cautions of each vendor and also gives a little background about the market.
Another interesting fact that Gartner mentions in their article is that roughly two-thirds of x86 server workloads are virtualized.
If you look at the difference from 2012 to 2013 is that Microsoft get with the Windows Server 2012 release (which was not included in the 2012 Quadrant because the product was not launched at this time) really close to the market leader VMware.
Interesting in the 2013 version is also that Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 aren’t included, so I expect that the Magic Quadrant 2014 will have a major change 😉