Gartner Research

Prepare for VMware as a Virtual IT Operations Management Vendor

Published: 10 April 2013

ID: G00245436

Analyst(s): Aneel Lakhani


VMware's acquisitions and product packaging in the IT operations management software space indicate a move toward its becoming an ITOM company for virtualization and cloud computing. IT buyers need to understand the impacts of this potential change.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Spectrum of Change

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The rise of low-cost alternative virtualization platforms, increasing use of heterogeneous platforms and overall penetration of the technology signal an end to the single-platform dominance IT decision makers are used to
  • Recent acquisition activity, along with investments and homegrown management products, is leading VMware toward becoming a hypervisor-agnostic cloud management platform vendor, entering a new category of competition for IT decision makers
  • VMware's commitment to its Software-Defined Data Center model creates commoditization pressure on all hardware, suggesting a new factor for consideration by IT decision makers

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