IDC reports virtualization market grew by 67% in 2005

Quoting from the IDC official announcement:

The worldwide virtual machine software (VMS) market grew to $560 million in 2005, a robust 67% growth over the previous year and topping the 63% year-over-year growth recorded in 2004.

EMC/VMware was the top VMS vendor in 2005, with a market share of over 55%.

Other highlights from the VMS market in 2005 include the following:

  • Linux experienced the fastest growth
  • Industry-standard (x86-based) systems lead the market for VMS software
  • North American organizations purchased over half of all VMS products
  • New use cases for the technology emerged reflected this huge growth rate in its statistics at the end of the year.