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VMware's Cloud Leadership

A lot of companies have tried to compete with Microsoft and failed -- Lotus, WordPerfect, Netscape and Novell all come to mind.

When Microsoft announced Hyper-V, I expected VMware to suffer the same fate. The opposite has happened -- VMware keeps getting stronger and stronger.

Already the dominant force in server virtualization, the company is now aiming for the cloud. This is a natural move as cloud services tend to run on virtualized infrastructures.

The company is nearing the billion-dollar mark and is growing fast -- sales in the second quarter increased by 37 percent over the same quarter a year ago. And the number of cloud service providers working with VMware is now more than 2,500. Not too shabby.

VMware officials see a strong movement of IT shops taking their virtual infrastructures and transforming them into private clouds using vCloud Director. Once in place, IT can connect with external public clouds for additional capacity.

VMware is also edging its way into software development with its Cloud Foundry open source tool.

What are your thoughts on VMware as a cloud player? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/04/2011 at 12:47 PM


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