Analyst firm IDC said VMware holds 85% of the virtualisation market, and has set the bar in terms of the potential for controlling the ever-increasing hardware cost, consumption and requirements necessary to satisfy more sophisticated and demanding application needs.
VMware was also the first supplier to remove the need for processor or operating system changes when carrying out virtualisation techniques on PC-based standard components.
The VMware ESX hypervisor-based version of its server virtualisation product released in 2001 offered IT organisations the opportunity to consolidate a number of physical servers into virtual machines running on a single physical instance, which is still available in the current VMware Infrastructure 3 Enterprise suite.
Since then, it has developed a vision it says will see hardware, software and operating system requirements managed through an entirely virtualised IT management infrastructure.
The growing commoditisation of the x86 server market is offering IT departments the opportunity to move beyond using virtual machines in just a development and testing role, to providing business critical application and back-up resources.
In August, VMware's initial public offering (IPO) doubled its share price on its first day of trading, potentially raising more than £447m in capital. So, for those who think virtualisation is only about server consolidation, perhaps they should think again.