PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, this month celebrated its nine-year anniversary, commemorating nearly a decade of innovation, excellence and phenomenal growth.
"We started VMware with the belief that virtualization was one of those rare technologies that could fundamentally change the established IT landscape and drive significant new value for customers and the industry in ways few could imagine," said Diane Greene, president of VMware. "The accelerating adoption of VMware products by customers around the world, the new market opportunities it has created for partners and its emergence as one of the highest-growth multibillion-dollar software sectors has made virtualization the most significant IT trend of this decade."
Virtualization has rapidly progressed from an early adopter technology into a mainstream business practice. Organizations of all sizes are considering virtualization as one of their top IT priorities in the coming years, on top of the already widespread deployment of virtualization seen in today's IT environments:
- IDC estimates 2.3 million virtual servers were deployed in 2006,
compared to 7.7 million physical servers in the same year (1)
- A recent IDC survey showed 76 percent of companies to be adopting or
planning to adopt x86 virtualization in the next 12 months (2)
- Forrester estimates that 46 percent of the Global 2000 are either