By enabling perfect substitution of computing products, virtualization enables the commoditization of the computing industry. High bandwidth connectivity enables the delocalization of computing hardware by allowing large amounts of data to be quickly stored and retrieved remotely.
Reconfigurable computers will win in settings where the costs associated with transistioning an application to a reconfigurable computer is low and the GOPS/$ that the reconfigurable solution provides for a the application is higher than other solutions. Virtualization may effectively make a reconfigurable solution easily compatible at a cost to GOPS/$. For some applications it may be worthwhile to tune the engine to maximize computation efficiency.