Profile: VMware Inc (VMW.N)
23 Oct 2014
VMware, Inc., incorporated on February 10, 1998, is the provider of virtualization infrastructure solutions utilized by organizations to help transform the way they build, deliver and consume information technology (IT) resources. The Company’s solutions enable organizations to aggregate multiple servers, storage infrastructure and networks together into shared pools of capacity that can be allocated dynamically, securely and reliably to applications as needed, increasing hardware utilization and reducing spending. Once created, these internal computing infrastructures, or clouds, can be dynamically linked by its customers to external computing resources that run on a VMware virtualization platform. This results in a computing cloud of available internal and external computing resources that organizations can access on demand. In 2012, the Company acquired Nicira, a pioneer in network virtualization, which expands its network virtualization capabilities into heterogeneous environments. In December 2012, the Company launched the Pivotal Initiative with EMC Corporation (EMC), and plan to commit technology, people and programs from both companies focused on Big Data and Cloud Application Platforms. In October 2013, VMWare Inc acquired Desktone Inc. In February 2014, VMware Inc completed the acquisition of AirWatch, the provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions. In August 2014, VMware, Inc acquires CloudVolumes.
During the year ended December 31, 2012 the Company articulated a vision for the software-defined data center (SDDC), where increasingly infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service, and the control of this data center is entirely automated by software. Traditional data centers are loose collections of technology silos where each application type has its own vertical stack consisting of CPU and operating system, storage pool, networking and security, and management systems. Over time, the data center environment has become increasingly divergent, higher complexity and driving the need for more and more resources to manage and keep infrastructure up-to-date, which ultimately drives a amount of expenses for customers. The SDDC, by abstracting the services that are required from the underlying hardware, pooling them, and automating them, is designed to turn the data center into an on-demand service that can take on the shape and size of application requirements.
Cloud Infrastructure and Management Products and Technology
VMware vSphere is the Company’s flagship data center platform. Users deploy the VMware vSphere hypervisor when they purchase VMware vSphere. Other components of the Company’s various VMware vSphere offerings include capabilities, such as vSphere vMotion and Storage vMotion, which enables the live migration of actively running virtual machines across servers or storage locations without disruption or downtime; vSphere High Availability, which enables high availability for all applications against hardware and operating system failures; vSphere Storage DRS, which automatically manages the placement and balancing of a virtual machine across storage resources; vSphere vNetwork Distributed Switch, which enables centralized point of control for cluster-level networking.
The Company’s vCloud Suite offerings include combinations of the components: vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware's virtualization platform enabling server virtualization with its robust feature set designed for policy-based automation; vCloud Director, enables self-service access to logical pools of compute, network and storage resources with policy-driven controls and service-level agreements; vCloud Connector, extends management to the hybrid cloud; vCloud Networking and Security, provides advanced networking and security for applications and the perimeter of virtual datacenters, end user computing and cloud environments; VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, provides simplified, automated disaster recovery for virtualized environments; vCenter Operations Management, provides performance, capacity and configuration management for virtual or physical infrastructure; vFabric Application Director, accelerates and automates the configuration and deployment of multi-tier applications across private and public cloud infrastructures; and vCloud Automation Center, enables customers to rapidly deploy and provision cloud services in the vCloud Suite.
The Company’s VMware vCloud Service Provider initiative, which is directed to hosting and cloud computing vendors, enables organizations to choose more freely between running applications in virtual machines on their own private clouds inside their data center or on public clouds hosted by a service provider. With a common VMware vSphere platform available across public and private clouds, internal and external IT resources can be pooled into a hybrid cloud, and applications and data can be readily moved between the two based on economics and organizational need. External cloud capacity can be accessed on-demand without the need to customize or change applications.
VMware's End-User Computing solutions are designed to enable a user-centric approach to personal computing, ensuring secure access to applications and data from a variety of devices and locations. Its End-User Computing solutions address the needs of IT departments by enabling the delivery of existing end-user assets as a managed service. VMware's End-User Computing strategy addresses the needs of corporate IT by enabling IT organizations to deliver an environment with service, improved availability and scalable performance while leveraging both legacy and cloud architectures. Elements of VMware End-User Computing solutions include: VMware View, an enterprise desktop virtualization platform designed to optimize application and desktop management and enable flexibility, security and mobility for end users; VMware Horizon Application Manager, a SaaS or on-premise solution that centralizes application management allowing unified management of any SaaS, Web and Windows applications through a centralized Application Catalog and securely delivers applications to end-users on the device of their choice, increasing user's flexibility and reducing IT management cost; and VMware Mirage, a solution for managing laptops and desktops that combines centralized Windows image and data management for corporate IT with the ability for end users to run their local devices, fully leveraging local hardware and performance. Mirage provides an easy migration path from Windows XP, while also providing robust self-service image repair, and device backup/recovery.
Cloud Application Platform and the Pivotal Initiative
VMware also offers Cloud Application Platform solutions to help organizations build, run and manage enterprise applications in public, private or hybrid clouds optimized for vSphere. Its Cloud Application Platform provides open source application frameworks, application run-time and data management solutions and an open platform as a service, or PaaS. Its SpringSource product group develops and supports the Spring application framework for enterprise Java applications and the Grails framework for high productivity Web applications written in the Groovy programming language. Both of these frameworks are open source software. Its VMware Cloud Application Platform runtime and data products enable developers to deploy and manage applications and databases in traditional server environments as well as on virtualized infrastructure based on vSphere. These products include VMware vFabric GemFire, which enables real-time data distribution, caching and management for high performance and cloud applications and vFabric Data Director, which enables simplified management and operation of databases on vSphere. In December 2012, VMware and EMC launched the Pivotal Initiative, pursuant to which both companies plan to commit technology, people and programs to focus on Big Data and Cloud Application Platforms.
The Company competes with Microsoft, Citrix and Amazon.
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