It's not all that long ago that virtualisation would have been deemed an esoteric subject more suitable for research establishments and uebergeeks than commercial enterprises. Now, a leading virtualisation website has set up a community site for those users itching to find like-minded users. And with more than 600 users already signed up for the site, the signs are that there's going to be plenty of interest.

We at Techworld are doing our bit to help mystify the process. We're running a free seminar called Interoperability for Virtualisation : Reducing the Complexity aimed at helping users better understand the technology. You can find more information on it here.

However, also has a salutary reminder of just how far virtualisation technology has to go before it fully penetrates the enterprise community. It offers a list of predictions from analysts on virtualisation and offers its own assessment of how accurate they've been: in some cases they've been spectacularly out.

For example, it reports that The Yankee Group predicted that nine out of ten enterprises would have virtualisation by 2007. However, it points out that the leading virtualisation vendor, reports only 20,000 enterprise customers worldwide, not even 100 percent of Fortune 500".

There were also a couple of stomping predictions from IDC: "Automation to play a strong role in managing virtualisation resources by next 18 months" and "Virtualisation 2.0 (continuity, DR, HA) to emerge in 2007"
Neither turned out to be true: automation didn't play any significant role in the 2007 and "disaster recovery still is one of the most empty segments in the virtualisation market.

Analysts love crowing about their successes: it's useful to have reminders of their fallibility as well.