The virtualisation of compute, storage, networking and other resources gives data centre infrastructures the base on which to provide services to multiple internal or external customers as well as adopt cloud computing, regardless of which hardware platforms are used.
While virtualisation was once limited to mainframes, it has now spread to nearly every nook and cranny in the modern data centre.
Building on virtualisation is a new wave of technologies such as software-defined networking and software-defined storage, which are moving data centres farther away from a focus on purchasing the best hardware to focus on running networking and storage services on commodity servers. While this part of the virtualisation business is new, it is maturing quickly as yet another route to the cloud.
Here are the data centre virtualisation technology providers to make this year's CRN US Data Centre 100 list.
CEO: Scott Arnold
AppSense, developer of the DesktopNow application for managing physical and virtual desktops and the DataNow application for secure access, sync and sharing of data, help businesses improve user experience and productivity while optimising security and reducing costs.
Big Switch Networks
CEO: Douglas Murray
Big Switch is a leader in in the nascent SDN industry. Its flagship Big Cloud Fabric is a bare metal SDN switching fabric targeted at new data centre deployments for modern workloads like private clouds, while its Big Tap Monitoring Fabric provides an entry-level network monitoring solution.
President, CEO: Mark Templeton
Citrix is a leader in developing mobile workspaces technology including virtualisation, mobility management, networking and cloud services. The company's solutions give businesses access to applications, desktops, data, and communications on any device, over any network and cloud.
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