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Last updated:July 2017

Editor's note

It isn't easy to reinvent a company. For years, VMware's 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's 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's gone to great 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 multi-cloud 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. VMworld 2017, which took place from Aug. 27 through Aug. 31 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, featured a number of new products and major announcements, including the GA release of VMware Cloud on AWS, the debut of Workspace One Intelligence for analytics and automation and VMware's new container-focused partnership with Pivotal and Google. Check out our full coverage of the event, including news from the show floor.

1Explore VMware's cloud computing and container strategy

2The latest advancements in VMware desktop and end-user computing

3The 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.