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VMware in Leaders Quadrant of 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Today, we are thrilled to share that VMware – for a fifth consecutive year – is placed in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure”. (1) (Read press release)

We believe the recognition of VMware as a leader by Gartner validates VMware’s vision, strategy and offerings to help customers achieve a true software-defined data center (SDDC) by attaining new levels of efficiency, agility and flexibility in virtualizing all domains of the data center including networking and storage.

VMware pioneered the virtualization revolution 10 years ago with vSphere, which continues to be the best platform for running any x86 application at scale and at high operational efficiency. Realizing IT required a fresh, new software-defined approach for the data center, VMware established the SDDC architecture two years ago. This approach will become the leading model for data centers around the world because it represents a fundamental change for the enterprise in how they operate and deliver value and services to their customers. VMware vSphere lies at the core of the SDDC and helps empower IT to move at the speed of the business by rapidly delivering apps and services as they are needed.

Helping to fulfill our SDDC vision was the delivery of VMware NSX and VMware Virtual SAN in the last year to redefine the hypervisor and its role in the data center by extending virtualization to networking and storage, respectively. In the same time frame, we also introduced VMware vCloud Hybrid Service enabling VMware vSphere customers to seamlessly extend their data center into the cloud using their existing resources, processes and tools.

Thank you to our more than 500,000 customers and our more than 75,000 partners for helping us achieve and maintain our market leadership.

To access the complete Gartner report, go to: http://www.gartner.com/reprints/vmware-vol5?id=1-1WR7CAC&ct=140703&st=sb

To learn more about VMware vSphere, go to: http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere-operations-management/

Learn how customers are benefitting from VMware vSphere:

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Michael Adams, Director, Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing

 

(1)    Gartner “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure,” by Thomas J. Bittman, Mark A. Margevicius, Philip Dawson, July 2, 2014. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Weekly News Recap, May 2

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VMware received recognition for its visionary approach this week in the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking. In fact, VMware had the highest rating for Completeness of Vision.

In his post on the VMware Company Blog, “NSX Vision: Validated!”, Chris Wolf writes, “We believe this level of recognition is remarkable considering [the facts that] 2014 marked the very first year that VMware was considered for the Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant [and that] VMware is the only pure-play software vendor recognized in the Magic Quadrant.”

Also in VMware news, Kit Colbert ands the End-User Computing team released a video to help explain their vision for uniting VMware and AirWatch. Watch the video below, and read the post on the Office of the CTO blog for more color.

Lastly, Deloitte announced Thursday a new private cloud solution – Cloud ServiceFabric, which is based on VMware vCloud Suite. The solution streamlines and accelerates the implementation of an on-premise private cloud.

Industry News

In news from around the industry this week, Brian Madden explains why he believes VMware should consider purchasing a printing company. Madden writes, “Now that Horizon 6 is out and people (like me) have been talking about how it’s the first major competition to Citrix XenApp, people (again like me) have been wondering: How do you print from this thing?”

CRN’s Kevin McLaughlin discusses VMware’s security-network virtualization plans in “VMware Weaves Security Benefits Into Its Network Virtualization Sales Pitch For Enterprises.” McLaughlin writes, “Now VMware… is focusing on how NSX — its name for technology that turns high-end features in switches and routers into software that can run on cheap hardware — can be used to secure networks and protect them from threats.”

TechTarget’s Tom Walat describes the recent moves VMware has made in the end user computing space, as well as the thoughts of a few other SearchVMware experts. Tom asks: “Will Horizon 6 have what it takes to sway enterprises to its side?”

Following the release of Kit Colbert’s blog post and video, Ellen Messmer of Network World explains VMware’s vision for unified mobile security management. Messmer writes, “In his blog, Colbert says the ‘big picture,’ of what this means is bringing together VMware’s Horizon desktop management and AirWatch mobility management to create a more fluid user experience across Web apps and mobile apps as well as social networking by having a new kind of unified app catalog and management layer so that the mobile and desktop worlds were basically combined for ease of use.”

Robert Jenkins explains in Data Center Knowledge how the hybrid cloud can improve the modern economy. Jenkins writes, “Since the dawn of cloud computing, its appeal to businesses could be summed up in three words: scalability, availability and accessibility. But, cloud computing has been around for a while now, and like any other technology, we inevitably reach the point where people start asking what’s next.”

The VAR Guy’s Michael Cusanelli discusses a recent SNS research report that indicates the mobile security market will reach $11 billion in 2014.  He reports, “This year will be a banner one for mobile device and network security investments, as companies are expected to spend $11 billion to protect their smartphones and tablets from malware. That’s according to a report from SNS Research, which found that as our dependence on mobile devices grows, so, too, does the need for anti-malware and antivirus client software on those devices.”

Lastly, Frank Ohlhorst of TechRepublic describes a few ways to manage mobile security: “Simply put, untethered access to company resources is now a must have for most enterprises and their users. However, security concerns are rippling through the stacks of management, and have resulting in melding disparate technologies, such as BYOD (bring your own device) and MDM (mobile device management) into a singular concern commonly referred to as MSM (mobile security management).”

Stay tuned for the Weekly News Recap next Friday and be sure to follow @VMwareNews and subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with all VMware news and announcements throughout the week.

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VMware: A Networking Visionary

VMware has been on a journey to bring the same benefits of server virtualization to the network for over a decade, starting with virtual switches, accelerating to our vCloud Networking and Security suite, and culminating with our 2012 Nicira acquisition and launch of our VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform.

In the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, VMware received recognition for its visionary approach. In fact, VMware was placed furthest on Completeness of Vision axis. We believe this level of recognition is remarkable considering:

  • 2014 marked the very first year that VMware was considered for the Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant
  • VMware is the only pure-play software vendor recognized in the Magic Quadrant

We believe this is clear validation - the world of data center networking has been forever changed.

Major Cloud Players Agree

VMware’s initial effort to virtualize network switching has also been validated by other public cloud service providers such as Amazon and Google. Those providers are also building software-based virtualized network stacks that run on commodity x86 infrastructure and can interconnect with proprietary hardware-based solutions when needed.

So, even if you look to other cloud providers for inspiration, the vision is the same, and it’s getting validated at massive scale. That said, VMware differs in a fundamental, but significant way. The overwhelming majority of enterprises are architecting for a hybrid cloud future. If you want a pure networking and security software stack to give you complete portability and centralized management and operations in a hybrid cloud, NSX is it. If you want an Amazon-like networking and security experience in your data center, NSX is the technology to get you there. Remember – Amazon’s roots are in retail. If hardware-oriented networking and security solutions could deliver a better total cost of ownership, don’t you think that Amazon would have used those solutions?

This is Just the Beginning

In my short time as Americas CTO, I have been blown away by NSX customer interest. Early adopters were initially looking at network virtualization for business continuity benefits such as being able to move workloads between data centers without having to reconfigure network or firewall settings, or worry about physical network dependencies. That said, agility has become the primary driver. Traditional data center networking and security remains the primary workload provisioning bottleneck. A VM with an OS and application stack be can delivered in minutes, but it can take a week or longer to provision the network stack and firewall rules. If a workload is moved to a new data center or cloud, you may have to do it all over again.

Our NSX technology allows security policies and firewall rules to be mapped to objects (VMs) instead of IP addresses. That alone can provide a massive reduction in the costs and complexity associated with traditional security management. One of our clients reduced their firewall rule set from 150,000 to less than 5,000 rules. This frees security specialists to worry about more important things like safely empowering business agility.

NSX isn’t just a VMware technology – it’s an extensible platform with a rapidly growing ecosystem of third party networking and security software partners that have built software that plugs right into the stack. Best of all, when operational tasks are automated, partner solutions that plugged into the platform simply go along for the ride.

Like I’ve said before, automation should be a feature, not a professional service. Building a true software-defined data center, where value is derived through software will let you continue to safely automate more and more, while maintaining hardware and provider independence and lowering costs. There is a massive industry of traditional IT heavyweights that will tell you that this approach is bad for you, mainly because their bottom line will always depend on substantial professional services to go along with any technology deployment. They don’t only get you at the initial deployment, but also for every upgrade as well. Network virtualization is one of many key technologies that will allow you to break away from a legacy IT methodology and into a scalable and flexible automated environment. When you add that to a software-defined data center with tightly integrated management stack, automated service delivery and remediation comes “out of the box.” While this isn’t the end to professional services, service offerings will transition more to enabling unique business requirements rather than constantly re-inventing the technology wheel.

It’s good to see Gartner – a strong voice of the IT community – include our vision in its latest Data Center Networking Magic Quadrant.

What are your thoughts?

 

 

Disclaimer – Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

 

 

Latest Gartner Magic Quadrant Positions VMware in Leaders Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

We are pleased to announce that VMware – for four years running – has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure” (read the press release). (1)

To access the complete Gartner report, go to:
http://www.gartner.com/reprints/vmware-vol4?id=1-1GRGRRU&ct=130702&st=sb

According to Gartner, “As of mid-2013, almost two-thirds of x86 architecture workloads have been virtualized on servers.” The report continues: “Virtualization is a fundamental enabler to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and will be used to establish private cloud services, public cloud services and interoperable hybrid cloud services. Effectively, all IaaS offerings will rely on VMs or container technology.”

We believe the recognition of VMware as a leader by Gartner highlights VMware’s vision, strategy and offerings to help customers achieve increased levels of agility, control and efficiency of their IT infrastructure. Over half a million customers of all sizes rely on VMware vSphere, the world’s most widely deployed virtualization platform, to simplify their IT footprint and maximize utilization of their existing IT infrastructure.

Thank you to our customers and partners for helping us achieve and maintain our market leadership.

To learn more about VMware vSphere, go to: http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vsphere/overview.html

Posted by: Michael Adams, Director, Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing

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