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VMware, which makes a hypervisor that is present in most of the world’s largest IT systems and which will reveal its quarterly numbers April 20, is certainly a leading figure in the virtualization software business.

However, other market indicators are coming to the fore, and most of them are pointing to one very clear trend: Virtual desktops are picking up momentum in replacing conventional client/server desktops.

Jefferies & Co. came out with some virtualization research April 19, reporting that 44 percent of enterprise reseller respondents to its latest survey – the highest figure yet in this category – said they believe there is high interest in virtualizing hundreds or thousands of corporate desktops across an IT system.