Citrix expects 18-20% virtualization market share

Forbes recently published an interview with Simon Crosby, CTO of Data Center & Cloud division at Citrix, about a number of topics.

The title, Oracle Needs To Step Up Or Shut Up!, doesn’t seem to reflect the current relationship between Citrix and Oracle, as Crosby performed a part of the keynote at the just ended Oracle OpenWorld 2010 conference. But this is not the interesting part.

What’s really interesting is Crosby revealing the Citrix goals for the virtualization market:

…Now, admittedly we have less enterprise share than VMware, but our projected run rate for XenServer goes up year after year and we are now expecting 18 to 20% market share, dominated by SME, some large enterprise and some monster cloud providers…