Large companies that see virtualization as the key to a flexible, programmable, software-defined data center are a VMware win. During the past 10 years, as virtualization has taken root, x86 commodity servers have become the majority. Now these servers can be virtualized with VMware and don't have to be tied to a specific platform, namely Microsoft. Data is defined by the virtual machine software and not by the hardware and its underlying OS and applications. The market advantage goes to VMware. It's platform agnostic and can run on a server computer, underneath the actual operating system, and handle multiple operating systems at a time.
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