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.
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News and updates about VMware's software-defined data center and virtualization offerings
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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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
A decrease in vSphere sales could signify that the end of VMware's reign is near. Continue Reading
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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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The decline in vSphere revenue has many VMware specialists re-evaluating their future and turning their attention to up-and-coming technologies. Continue Reading
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
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
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
As its NSX virtual networking software gains traction on vSphere, VMware puts more muscle behind a version designed for non-vSphere environments. Continue Reading
As hyper-convergence matures, VMware bulks up vSAN 6.6 release with native encryption, analytics and improved availability, performance and management. Continue Reading
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
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
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Explore VMware's cloud computing and container strategy
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
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
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
Our advisory board members reflect on VMware's past year, with praise for vSAN and vSphere and worries about cloud strategy. Continue Reading
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
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
VMware has introduced two new components, Harbor for container images and Admiral for managing containers, to vSphere Integrated Containers. Continue Reading
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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
Gabe and Jack share their thoughts on VMworld 2017, including news about Frame, Workspace One, Unified Endpoint Management, and more. Continue Reading
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
As expected since the EMC acquisition, Dell and VMware are bundling and integrating more products; VMware also touched on Chromebooks and IoT. Continue Reading
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
In the last three years, VMware has steadily moved up the ladder to join Citrix atop the desktop virtualization world. Continue Reading