To IT managers, VMware's ESX is the gold standard in server virtualization. This product alone built VMware into a software powerhouse that continues to lead the market with its sophisticated hypervisor. Though VMware is diversifying with virtual desktop tools, and private and public cloud technologies, companies such as Microsoft, Citrix, Google and Amazon are looking to get in on VMware's action.
|THE STATE OF VMWARE|
VMware hits powerful headwinds in effort to diversify
VMware made its name in server virtualization, but diversifying is tricky, as the company joins an endless parade of smart, deep-pocketed challengers with their own designs on data center dominance.
Can VMware bounce back from its View 4.5 fumble?
Both VMware and Citrix claim to dominate the virtual desktop market, so VMware is looking to recover from its removal of the RTO personalization software from the View 4.5 beta.
- Virtual Profiles customers endure VMware acquisition of RTO Software
- VMware View 4.5 minus RTO equals partner snafu
- VMware View users forced to find alternatives for profile management
Hypervisor death match gains new urgency for top dog VMware
Server virtualization products from Microsoft and Citrix have given IT shops more flexibility to choose hypervisors and tools for different workloads -- at better prices.
- Virtualization School: Hyper-V vs. VMware guide
- Podcast: Hyper-V vs. VMware evolves with new releases
- VMware's single pane of glass vs. Hyper-V's management consoles
|DELVING INTO THE CLOUD|
VMware's fortunes hinge on cloud strategy success
VMware is looking to dominate cloud services, but enterprise IT shops must weigh its expertise against Microsoft in the enterprise and Google in the cloud.
- Citrix stokes battle with VMware for cloud hosting market
Server OEMs and VMware: Frenemies forever?
IT managers have little control over the complicated dance between VMware and its hardware partners. But when making strategic buying decisions, IT shops need to keep it in mind.
- How to optimize VM placement in data centers
- Using virtualization for cost-effective servers
- IT architects ponder converged infrastructure "pods"
|THE BATTLE FOR MIDMARKET DOMINANCE|
Support for VMware still lacking among traditional SMB VARs
VMware is gunning for the SMB VAR community with new features and pricing. But beating Microsoft on its own turf is easier said than done.
- Hyper-V vs. VMware -- VARs guide customer choice
- VMware throws bone to enterprises and SMBs with vSphere 4.1
- Can Microsoft win the virtualization war against VMware?
This was first published in August 2010