All hypervisors are evolving towards commodity status. Once management tools allow you to move within a private cloud that could be running VMware, Hyper-V, or some other hypervisor, you will be able to push workloads out to public cloud providers, and you won’t need to know or care what the underlying hypervisor is.
We are not there yet. It took a very high level of standardization to turn hardware systems into commodities. And we are a long way from the point where the necessary standards will be in place to make hypervisors interchangeable.
As hypervisor-agnostic management tools evolve and begin to blur the line between virtualized data centers and private and public cloud environments, they will further erode the justification for maintaining standalone, on-premises data centers at all.
In the meantime, all the questions swirling around all the new technologies and trends may have the effect of encouraging more IT shops to consider offloading virtual workloads to a public cloud provider. They could then concentrate their resources on supporting their own businesses and let their service providers worry about which hypervisor strategy will prevail.
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