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Who's using virtualization?

Education, construction, and lawyers are using virtualization the least, according to a recent data sample of 100,000 companies from Spiceworks. On the other end of the spectrum, software, energy, and aerospace companies are big users. Spiceworks asked me to write-up some commentary on this (and a few more future) data analysis over their massive, mostly SMB IT user-base. They also ranked hyper-visor usage by vendor.

I wanted to get a sense from the two end the usage spectrum, Education and Software, of how and why virtualization is being used. Do do that, I talked with Jeremy Fluhmann (Technology Director for Winters ISD) and Matt Ray who works at Opscode (one of the more advanced IT management startups). Both gave me good insight into how their industries are using virtualization.

I wrote up my commentary over on our brand-spankin’ new Spiceworks page. Tragically, the page doesn’t let me link directly to the post, but it’s at the top of the discussion forum, so you can get to it pretty easily: check it out if you’re interested in how folks are (or are not yet) using virtualization.

Disclosure: Spiceworks is a client, as is Opscode, VMWare, and Microsoft.

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