Popular software company, VMware, has enough on its plate to stand ahead of its competitors. With a clear lead in the virtualization, and cloud computing domain; the company provides several IT solutions that are high in terms of scope and capability.
Performance and Capacity Monitoring
In the recent years, VMware has been focusing rigorously on virtual infrastructure capacity and performance. It is trying to find out ways for improvising IT infrastructure, as well as enhancing performance. The company is also highly promoting the vCOPS training. So far, VMware has emphasized the most on this promotion area.
Backup and Recovery
VMware features a backup and recovery model that provides several unique and robust features for the small business customers. These features are present in majority of vSphere versions. However it can support only up to 100 virtual machines at once.
Routers and Switches
VMware also offers a powerful vSphere Distributed Switch that manages all switching-related tasks amongst several VMs. VMware features the vShield Edge, which is a virtual router & firewall that provides static routing, VPN, NAT, and DHCP.
VMware’s solutions also include a mobile virtualization platform. This enables traditional smart mobile devices to run 2 virtual machines simultaneously. Out of the two machines, one is for personal use and the other with company’s data and applications.
VMware features the Zimbra, which is an advanced and robust enterprise-level E-Mail server that stands in competition with Exchange.
Other than the above, the company develops high end storage solutions. It offers the vSphere Storage Appliance that enables virtual storage along with advanced features.
VMware features the vCloud Director that is an advanced-level cloud computing solution. It is used by more than 100 vCloud service providers. As it is relatively expensive, it is more appropriate for large corporations.
The popularity of VMware as a software solutions company, has increased in leaps and bounds. Now-a-days, high number of IT professionals are opting for VMware training in order to learn the technology. There are several IT training institutes that offer VMware course options to students.
While VMware provides unbeatable services in Cloud Computing and Virtualization area, there are more potential areas too. If the company works on them, it can surely lead the forefront unified access gateway for many times to arrive.
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In the area of Performance and Capacity Monitoring, VMware should work on improving the features of vCOPS. This should be done in comparison with its competitors, including Veeam, VMturbo, Quest, and Xangati. VMware can also try reducing the cost of vCOPS. It can additionally publish a competitive analysis based on the performance of all these products.
For enhancing its Backup and Recovery features, VMware should improvise VDR for supporting more number of virtual machines. It should continue free bundling, as well as push competition from Vizioncore, Veeam etc.
With the size of server hardware increasing every day, the requirement of routers and switches is reducing. Physical routers like load balancers and firewalls, can be replaced with software-based solutions by VMware.
In the Mobile setup area, VMware can design a mobile virtualization platform. This can be put on a VMware-produced mobile device, and then compete with Android or other leading phones.
VMware’s next prospect is the Electronic Mail domain. To compete with Hotmail and Gmail, it can offer Zimbra for free to corporate clients. This can also push out the Exchange.
The Storage category too has high potential. VMware can invest innovatively to improve the VSA, which can eliminate the requirement for small and mid size businesses to buy NAS and SAN servers.
Now-a-days Cloud Computing solutions have become highly significant. It is certainly wise for VMware to focus in this domain, and compete with companies like Google Compute Engine, Amazon Web Services etc. VMware can merge vCloud Director and vCenter into one virtual appliance, and also simplify the vCloud Director.