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Introduction

It's not easy to reinvent a company. For years, VMware has struggled with the reality that vSphere adoption has peaked. The company's Q4 2015 and FY 2015 earnings reports showed a steady decline in vSphere software licensing sales and projected a continued decline. Since vSphere is the foundation of most VMware products, this led some experts to question how it would affect the demand for VMware skills and whether the company as a whole was in a state of decline.

VMware has gone to lengths to capitalize on the growing popularity of cloud computing. VMware debuted its Cross-Cloud Architecture and Cloud Foundation at VMworld 2016 as part of its multicloud efforts. Cross-Cloud Architecture allows customers to run identical environments across the VMware cloud partner network. VMware also readjusted its cloud strategy and announced its partnership with Amazon Web Services that enables users to run vSphere inside an AWS data center.

VMware has also dedicated additional focus to its products and services that are performing well. VMware's software-defined networking product, NSX, and its hyper-converged storage feature, vSAN, have both experienced significant growth. NSX doubled its customer count and reported 50% year-over-year growth in 2016. VSAN's adoption rates skyrocketed, with VMware reporting over 7,000 customers and 150% growth year over year. In response to these successes, VMware released NSX-T 1.1 for non-vSphere environments and an updated version of vSAN with new features, like vSAN Encryption, RAID 5 and RAID 6 erasure coding and improvements to its stretched cluster feature.

While VMware can't expect continued vSphere growth, it certainly isn't down for the count. Check back for the latest announcements and product news from the show. VMworld 2017 will take place from Aug. 27 through Aug. 31 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas. Check out our full coverage of the event, including news from the show floor.

1Best of VMworld Awards-

The best of the best from VMworld U.S.

With VMworld 2017 -- and TechTarget's Best of VMworld 2017 U.S. Awards -- rapidly approaching, let's take a look at previous VMworld award winners.

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Best of VMworld 2017 US Award winners

The Best of VMworld Awards highlight the most innovative products on display at VMworld 2017. Here are the winners of all seven categories and Best of Show. Continue Reading

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Virtualization experts share their VMworld 2017 US predictions

Based on VMware's session catalog, VMware on AWS is set to be the star of VMworld 2017, but we could be in for a few surprises. Our Advisory Board shares its thoughts. Continue Reading

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Check out these top 10 sessions at VMworld 2017

We're officially counting down the days to VMworld 2017, and the anticipation is mounting. Take a look at some of SearchVMware's top sessions for this year's conference. Continue Reading

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Best of VMworld 2017 US Awards: Rules & criteria

Read the updated rules, criteria and categories for the Best of VMworld 2017 US Awards to find out what the requirements are for each product nomination. Continue Reading

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Best of VMworld 2017 US Awards: Nomination form

Nominate the top virtualization, cloud and end-user computing products for the Best of VMworld 2017 US Awards. Continue Reading

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Best of VMworld 2016 US Award winners

TechTarget's Best of VMworld Awards recognize the most outstanding products at VMware's annual user conference. Here are the VMworld 2016 winners. Continue Reading

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Best of VMworld 2015 Awards winners

The Best of VMworld 2015 Awards recognize the most innovative new server virtualization, cloud and end-user computing products. Continue Reading

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The Best of VMworld 2014 Awards' winners

The Best of VMworld 2014 Awards recognize the best products on display at VMworld. Continue Reading

2SDDC & virtualization news -

News and updates about VMware's software-defined data center and virtualization offerings

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VMware: Kubernetes, vRealize Automation add value to VIO 4.0 – so pay up

VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 touts Kubernetes support and vRealize Automation integration, but is it enough to justify the new pricetag? Continue Reading

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Upgraded vSphere web client fails to fix old complaints

As more IT vendors move to web-based management consoles, administrators are often forced to navigate a complex maze of browser requirements. Continue Reading

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VMware teams with Pivotal rather than tackle containers alone

Pivotal Container Service brings Kubernetes to vSphere while NSX adds security, but the new service raises questions about VMware's own container projects. Continue Reading

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VMware's NSX networking comes of age at VMworld

VMware will add a dollop of NSX networking 'secret sauce' to many of its core products as a central piece of its strategies around virtualization, cloud computing and IoT. Continue Reading

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Has VMware growth stunted with the decline of vSphere?

A decrease in vSphere sales could signify that the end of VMware's reign is near. Continue Reading

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Dell EMC VxRail 'billion-dollar business' soon, Sakac says

The growth of Dell EMC VxRail and other hyper-converged appliances is the result of a shift toward software-defined storage, according to the vendor's converged platforms boss. Continue Reading

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Trends in VMware business model anticipated for VMworld 2017

Analysts explore trends in the VMware business model, what makes an enterprise-class security vendor, and the costs of hardware and disaggregation. Continue Reading

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VMworld 2017 Notes: Dell favors storage R&D over M&A

LAS VEGAS -- Before their merger, EMC and Dell were active buyers of storage companies. In the past year, neither has made an acquisition. That’s understandable, considering the price that Dell ... Continue Reading

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"Peak VMware" leads to decrease in demand for VMware skills

The decline in vSphere revenue has many VMware specialists re-evaluating their future and turning their attention to up-and-coming technologies. Continue Reading

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HTML5, vSphere 6.5 and more: Tracking the journey of VMware in 2016

From decreased revenues to a decrease in skills demand, VMware has taken some hits in 2016. But these tips prove the software company isn't giving up. Continue Reading

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VMware vSphere 6.5, VSAN among hottest topics in 2016

Upgrades gave a boost to a lot of VMware's existing products, like vSphere and VSAN, and helped erase some doubt from early on in the year. Continue Reading

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After using both NSX and ACI, engineer says VMware wins his vote

Sugar Creek Packing Co. sidestepped the NSX vs. ACI debate and deployed both. Now, a senior network engineer shares which technology he would recommend to enterprises. Continue Reading

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VMware positions NSX-T to support non-vSphere environments

As its NSX virtual networking software gains traction on vSphere, VMware puts more muscle behind a version designed for non-vSphere environments. Continue Reading

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VSAN 6.5 and 6.6 up VMware's hyper-converged game

VMware wants to cash in on the hyper-converged trend with tighter integration of its products, and vSAN is no exception. Check out these tips to see what's new in vSAN 6.5 and 6.6. Continue Reading

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VMware vSAN 6.6 adds encryption, analytics, 'nothing shocking'

As hyper-convergence matures, VMware bulks up vSAN 6.6 release with native encryption, analytics and improved availability, performance and management. Continue Reading

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VSAN 6.6 stretched cluster feature builds in greater flexibility

VSAN 6.6 beefs up stretched clustering with two new failure to tolerate protection policies that allow users to set protection levels per local site. Continue Reading

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VSAN Encryption: What it is, what it does and how to use it

New to vSphere 6.6, vSAN Encryption uses an XTS AES-256 cipher to encrypt all objects in the vSAN data store across both all-flash and hybrid configurations. Continue Reading

3Container & cloud news-

Explore VMware's cloud computing and container strategy

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VMware Cloud Foundation, vSAN highlight VMworld 2017 news

At VMworld 2017, Dell EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and Lenovo launched new and upgraded hyper-converged and hybrid cloud products based on VMware's vSAN and Cloud Foundation software. Continue Reading

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Enterprises weigh VMware Cloud on AWS as vendors pivot cloud strategies

After a nine-month beta period and lots of unanswered questions, VMware Cloud on AWS is finally available, and enterprises can now judge if the capabilities and pricing fit their needs. Continue Reading

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VMware VP Mark Lohmeyer discusses VMware Cloud on AWS logistics

VMware Cloud on AWS is in closed beta, and details are thin on the ground. In this interview, VMware VP Mark Lohmeyer gives us a peak into the fruits of the VMware-AWS partnership. Continue Reading

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Exec Mark Lohmeyer talks VMware Cloud on AWS

Since AWS and VMware disclosed their partnership in 2016, customers have awaited details. Mark Lohmeyer of VMware discussed the status of the service. Continue Reading

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VMware cloud services remain a concern following 2016

Our advisory board members reflect on VMware's past year, with praise for vSAN and vSphere and worries about cloud strategy. Continue Reading

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IT shops map journey from VMware Cloud Foundation to IBM Cloud, AWS

More than 1,000 users have moved their VMware infrastructure to IBM's public cloud using Cloud Foundation, while others await a much publicized AWS partnership to go GA. Continue Reading

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VMware looks to regain public cloud footing with vSphere on AWS

The Amazon-VMware partnership secures vSphere revenue, makes it easier to adapt legacy apps to AWS and allows customers to run the same software on AWS on premises. Continue Reading

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New VMware VIC components set to challenge Docker containers

VMware has introduced two new components, Harbor for container images and Admiral for managing containers, to vSphere Integrated Containers. Continue Reading

Opinion

Questions linger about VMware on AWS partnership

Is running VMware virtualization on top of AWS the best way to effectively manage workloads? That depends who you ask. Continue Reading

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Roadblocks highlight common VMware VIC and Docker container issues

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers has many positive selling points, but running a microservices demonstration with Docker containers isn't one of them. Continue Reading

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Container automation still on the to-do list in VMware shops

Containers aren't a priority yet for many IT pros, but the tide is starting to turn. Continue Reading

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Photon Controller is the next piece of VMware's container puzzle

Photon Controller is one piece, along with Photon Operating System and Photon Machine, which make up Photon Platform. Continue Reading

4End-user computing news-

The latest advancements in VMware desktop and end-user computing

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Endpoint security threats force Windows to adapt

Windows 10 micro-virtualization aims to protect against emerging threats. Microsoft's partner in this initiative, Bromium, says Windows remains IT's biggest security challenge. Continue Reading

Podcast

VMworld 2017 wrap up - BrianMadden.com Podcast #130

Gabe and Jack share their thoughts on VMworld 2017, including news about Frame, Workspace One, Unified Endpoint Management, and more. Continue Reading

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VMware unified endpoint management must improve UX, GM says

UEM has limited benefits if it doesn't help users do their jobs. VMware general manager Noah Wasmer discusses Workspace One's role in doing just that. Continue Reading

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VDI hurdles push IT toward virtual, published apps

At VMworld 2017, VMware aims to simplify app publishing by moving it to the cloud, and the Dell EMC VDI Complete bundle adds application virtualization. Continue Reading

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VMware Workspace One Intelligence automates IT decision-making

VMware and Citrix are head-to-head in their efforts to provide IT with data analytics and automatic troubleshooting. VMware steps into the ring with Workspace One Intelligence. Continue Reading

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New VMware mobile app feature goes with the flow

VMware Mobile Flows aim to make it easier to mobilize common business processes without building full-fledged apps, which can be complex and expensive. Continue Reading

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VMware gets in tune with Office 365 mobile app management

VMware's support for the Microsoft Graph API for Intune means Workspace One users can manage Office 365 mobile apps directly, without using a separate console. Continue Reading

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Three VDI best practices you need to know

VDI comes with challenges around graphics support, user personalization and more. Administrators should keep in mind these tips for deployment success. Continue Reading

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VMware AirWatch will support full Chromebook management

Google’s Chrome Device Management is quite powerful, and this is the first time it is being opened up to an EMM partner. Continue Reading

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Seven VDI-related VMworld 2017 sessions to look out for

With VMworld 2017 fast approaching, the time is right to plan your agenda. VDI admins should consider attending these seven sessions on key topics, including HCI and Workspace One. Continue Reading

Opinion

VMworld 2017 Keynote Live Blog

All the EUC keynotes, right here! Continue Reading

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VMware bringing workflow app capabilities to Workspace One

At VMworld, VMware will unveil a new feature to help IT build mobile interfaces for complex business tasks. These workflow apps aim to solve organizations' development challenges. Continue Reading

Opinion

What does VMware have in store for Windows 10 Unified Endpoint Management at VMworld 2017?

Plenty of people like the UEM concept, but IT still needs more help getting from traditional Windows management to MDM/UEM for Windows 10. What will VMware deliver? Continue Reading

Opinion

VMware and AWS partnership is just what each other needed. Now…will it work with desktops?

VMware and AWS seem to have gone beyond the cross-cloud architecture we heard about in August. Is this bare-metal VMware on AWS offering setting the stage for desktop workloads? Continue Reading

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More VMware analytics coming to EUC products, CTO says

The Citrix vs. VMware rivalry is expanding into analytics. VMware's CTO of end-user computing says analytics will help IT better secure applications and data. Continue Reading

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Sharing is caring: Sharing VMs in VMware Workstation 12

Since version 8, VMware Workstation -- now in version 12 -- has allowed administrators to quickly and easily grant access and share virtual machines with other users. Continue Reading

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AWS poster child picks VMware DevOps tools

Several enterprises -- including a famous AWS early adopter -- say they're moving to VMware tools for DevOps, despite the challenges of managing their own back ends. Continue Reading

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New VMware EUC lead: Shadow IT is the biggest cybersecurity threat

IT pros work to defend against breaches and hacks, but it's their own users that continue to be a threat. This issue could drive workspace adoption in 2017. Continue Reading

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VMware Horizon 7.1 updates boost remote user experience

A host of new VMware Horizon 7.1 features add support for Microsoft's Skype for Business and aim to improve the remote user experience. Continue Reading

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Citrix and VMware do battle with their workspace management tools

Citrix and VMware's workspace management tools are built on the foundation of existing technologies. As a result, understanding the parts that make up the whole is critical. Continue Reading

Opinion

Our thoughts on VMware EUC news from Dell EMC World 2017

As expected since the EMC acquisition, Dell and VMware are bundling and integrating more products; VMware also touched on Chromebooks and IoT. Continue Reading

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Windows 10 lifecycle management comes to VMware Workspace One

More in-depth capabilities for managing the Windows 10 lifecycle are coming to the new unified endpoint management feature in VMware's workspace suite. Continue Reading

Opinion

At what point do we say that VMware has drawn even with Citrix?

In the last three years, VMware has steadily moved up the ladder to join Citrix atop the desktop virtualization world. Continue Reading

5Key VMware terms-

Learn this VMware jargon to prepare for the conference

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