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VMWARE’S ONGOING REINVENTION
VMware’s introduction of x86 server-virtualization technology was a game-changing event in the history of enterprise computing. But if you look at VMware’s corporate messaging today, it’s almost as if server virtualization has been scrubbed from the lexicon. Instead, VMware highlights its multi-cloud strategies, software-defined data centers, networking, hyperconverged infrastructures, security, SD-WAN, containers, blockchain, IoT and more.So, what’s going on with VMware? If you created a nearly $6 billion industry, had more than 75% market share and did’t really face much in the way of direct competition, why not just keep doing what you’re doing? Is VMware just trying to latch onto all the latest buzzwords, or is there a method to the madness? According to analysts, it’s been clear for some time that the server virtualization market is approaching a saturation point. Gartner reported that license revenues for x86 virtualization declined for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2016, with most enterprises reporting data-center virtualization levels of 75% or higher. And by 2017, Gartner declared the server-virtualization market so mature that it stopped doing its annual server-virtualization Magic Quadrant reports altogether. NEAL WEINBERG READ MORE