At least in my web alerts. If I trust the news alerts I have setup with various websites and services on the Internet, words like Virtualization, Hypervisor, Xen and ESX Server dominate over my personal favorite “64-bit”.
And if you add VT and
Today is 64-bit, the future is virtual.
Below the figures from my various web search alerts from Aug 1st: 64-bit is in 20% of the searches, Virtualization in 45% and HPC in 35%. Clear indication where we are going. Picking up high performance computing (HPC) on our way, we are heading towards a virtual world, controlled by a Hypervisor.
Microsoft publicly announced plans to support Virtualization in the Longhorn timeframe, probably post Longhorn Server. Virtualization in Windows is already supported today with products like Virtual PC and Virtual Server. Both technologies require a full blown OS to provide a quasi virtual environment to host one or more guest OS “inside” a Windows host. But the development – Windows and non-Windows – is clearly moving away from a real OS as host, to a slim Hypervisor providing real abstraction from HW to enable multiple instances of one or many OS run concurrently side-by-side and fully protected from each other on one piece of hardware.