Is virtualization going to hurt OEMs business?

Quoting from TechWorld:

The upshot is, though, that enterprises could end up buying many fewer discrete systems, and that could be a problem for many vendors. If your company is running its business on that vendor’s products, you might care about this. Will it survive?

What about Dell, for instance? Not only is the Texas-based company responsible for some 50 per cent or so of the UK’s PC sales, it’s taking an increasing chunk of the country’s server sales too.

Hugh Jenkins, enterprise product manager at Dell UK, said Dell is well aware of the virtualisation trend. He agrees that virtualisation could well affect Dell’s hardware sales figures. “As a result of virtualisation, Gartner is predicting a big drop in server sales from 2007”, he says. “We’re alive to this.”…

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