VMware has been a leader in the hypervisor market by bringing virtualization into small to medium business and enterprises across the world. VMware’s virtualization strategy embraces the data center and expansion to private and hybrid cloud computing. Gartner’s placement of VMware for the past five years highlights their vision, strategy, and offerings within modern IT. Strengths of VMware that Gartner emphasized include their virtualization strategy that embraces the data center and expansion of private and hybrid cloud computing, continued innovation, high customer satisfaction, and a large installed base (particularly among large enterprises and service provider ecosystems).
VMware’s success in the hypervisor market places them in an ideal position to extend private clouds into the public cloud. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) is a secure cloud service operated by VMware, built on the proven foundation of vSphere. vCHS supports existing workloads as well new application development, providing the benefits of cloud computing while still maintaining on premise private clouds. Available in three variations, vCHS supports Dedicated Cloud, a physically isolated cloud compute offering; Virtual Private Cloud, logically isolated, multi-tenant compute service with fully private networking; and Disaster Recovery, native cloud-based disaster recovery for vSphere virtual environments. Few companies are prepared to fully migrate to public cloud services, but VMware’s hybrid approach allows IT departments to maintain existing private cloud solutions while embracing public cloud where it makes the most sense.
The 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure is available for review at: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1WR7CAC&ct=140703&st=sb