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Aug092008

Microsoft seizes healthy chunk of virtualization market

Hyper-V is so new we haven’t completely taken off the shrinkwrap yet, but Microsoft has already seized a healthy chunk of the virtualization market. The software giant now owns 13 percent of that market, compared to 82 percent for market leader VMWare, according to analysts at IDC. (Open source virtualization solution Xen came in third with 3 percent.) To put this number in perspective, think about how successful everyone tells you that Apple with the Mac, and then remember that the 13 percent figure is over four times higher than the Mac’s market share in the PC market and twice as high as the Mac’s market share in its most successful market by far, the US. Yeah, I did just make that comparison. Deal with it.

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