2006 Year in Reviews: Platforms

Virtualization, Windows, and Suse Linux all came on strong in 2006

Novell’s Suse Linux 10 was the landmark operating system launch of the year, giving us a bigger and badder Linux server and a startlingly smooth Linux desktop. We also got good looks at Microsoft Vista and Windows Longhorn betas, and at BEA’s venerable WebLogic 9.1.

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No offense to OSes and app servers, but if we had to pick a platform of the year it would have to be the hypervisor. Virtualization attacked on all fronts in 2006, with VMware, Scalent, and SWSoft scoring high marks at the server, Altiris and Parallels leading at the desktop, and VMware/Akimbi and Surgient pointing the way in virtual lab management.

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