VMware: The True Giant of the Virtualized Sector
VMware: The True Giant of the Virtualized Sector
Everyone was talking about VMware. But the company has become so capable that it is easy to underestimate. Its sources are in the virtualization of operating systems on servers. But through discovery, acquisition, and focused improvement strategy, they have gone much further. VMware gives companies a way to manage internal IT resources, better manage internal clouds, better manage public clouds, and organize workloads across all of these systems. It provides methods to store and protect data smarter.
Despite competition from Microsoft, Red Hat, and Citrix, VMware remains a virtual server giant. This helps support both Linux and Windows, ensuring capacity for appropriate complex environments. Even with the competition increasing, we're not seeing VMware losing its grip on the market anytime soon.
Trusted vSphere Technology
Think of it this way, Microsoft launched Hyper-V in 2008. VMware started ESX 1.0 server in 2001. VMware made it a seven-year leader in the market.
One of the many-core technologies that VMware has, on its part, is its software suite, vSphere. Most hypervisors, such as Microsoft's Hyper-V or Citrix's XenServer, require an operating system to control virtualization components. But VMware vSphere is highly configurable and does not need an operating system. This gives you the ability to manage parts of your hypervisor from almost anywhere.
VSphere has a comprehensive built-in security system and does not require patches to control layer elements. The vSphere offers many governance capabilities out of the box, and an organization can benefit from sharing transparent pages.
Safety will always be king.
Other vendors, such as Citrix and Microsoft, are using AI and machine learning in their products. But only VMware makes great strides in automating multiple product offerings to help organizations bolster their infrastructure. This way, the team can solely focus on the apps that meet their business needs.
Online warnings are becoming the norm, and VMware takes security very seriously. VMware offers a security feature called AppDefense within its VSAN storage and NSX network products. Since many Fortune 500 companies use VMware for server consolidation, this extra layer of security makes sense.
VMware has worked with RSA, Secure Works, IBM, and carbon black to ensure AppDefense works with their products. You can set AppDefense in monitoring mode continuously and learn standard software models. Then you can put it into production.
AppDefense focuses on three areas of security:
- Security ecosystem
Cyber-attacks continue to evolve in complexity and intensity. Several companies compete to offer safer products. VMware uses the power of Machine Learning (ML) to take the lead. They are already using ML in vSAN to improve log review and predict failure rates, in AppDefense to flag various VM behaviors automatically, and in VMware Skyline.
VMware understands its product is not an island. Calling VMware, the security concern would be an understatement. An emphasis on security and machine learning will keep VMware at the forefront of virtualization technology.
The largest is available:
Suppose you use VMware, Microsoft, or Citrix virtualization technology. In that case, a particular VMware product is widely viewed as the best fail-safe to keep your systems running, regardless of the operating system you're running in.
VMware provides high availability for connected applications on virtual machines. HA instantly detects malfunctions in guest operating systems and devices. Then it reboots the affected virtual machines on the other production servers with backup capacity. With HA, there is no need to reset other group owners' virtual machines manually. Also, it does its job automatically after detecting an operating system crash.
All VMware competitors offer various direct migration technologies to avoid collisions due to delays in the host's physical resources. But the VMware platform provides options with the vSphere hypervisor, in enterprise versions of the product and as a separately purchased component for all vSphere versions. This additional layer of protection gives VMware an edge over other leaders in the virtualization field, such as Microsoft and Citrix.
Market share does not lie.
If you were to ask an IT professional to name a vendor specializing in virtualization, VMware is usually the first to be mentioned. Based on the analyst report I've read; VMware owns 55% to 85% of the virtualization market. The market's size is in dispute, but server virtualization has a strong presence in the business, and it will not slow down anytime soon.
VMware also wins when it comes to the scalability of individual hosts. Many companies have a diverse IT environment, and VMware's flexibility allows them to adapt to most dogs' needs. It's compatible with the largest number of guest operating systems, from Solaris to Ubuntu, Oracle, Mac OS, and more.
There are also quite a few virtualization options that can provide the right solutions for PaaS, IaaS, and AaaS. That's why Fortune 500 companies are continually turning to VMware for their virtual needs.
The top three cloud operators are Microsoft with Azure, IBM with SoftLayer, and Google, with 22% of the market. Not 22% each, of course, but 22% between the three. Right; Amazon is larger than the next three competitors combined. So what about VMware? Well, VMware proves to be in the third batch of companies, which account for 27% of the market.
But that is the question. The next installment covers VMware, but it also includes 19 other companies as family names such as Fujitsu, Oracle, Salesforce, Rackspace, and more complex companies like CenturyLink and Orange. Others consider the remaining 20%. And if that isn't surprising enough, it's worth taking a look at these companies' cloud businesses' growth rate. Amazon is growing 57% year over year, while the VMware group is growing 41%. 41% might be more modest, but it's still impressive until you realize that the market is growing at around 50% per year.
King of Hypervisor Cloud
When it comes to the hypervisor Cloud, Xen is established as the king of the cloud. That's because Amazon and SoftLayer both use Xen (as Rackspace does). Google uses KVM, while Azure uses a derivative of Hyper-V known as Microsoft Azure Hypervisor. The VMware Hypervisor does not run until it runs directly into the efforts of VMware cloud such as vCloud Air.