VMware CEO Paul Maritz said that despite Microsoft entering the virtualization market with its Hyper-V product earlier this year, VMware has not seen much of an impact on its sales. Maritz made those observations after VMware announced its third-quarter financial results that beat Wall Street expectations. In the next few months, Maritz said VMware also plans to update its client management suite.
CEO Paul Maritz believes that his company
is not losing ground in the x86
virtualization market to Microsoft
and its Hyper-V software
and that VMware's own product road map remains 12
to 24 months ahead of anything Microsoft plans to offer in the future.
Maritz made those comments about Microsoft and the state of the
virtualization market after VMware announced its third-quarter financial
results Oct. 21. For the quarter that ended Sept. 30, VMware beat Wall Street
expectations and posted net income of $83 million, or 21 cents a share, with
revenue of $472 million, a 32 percent increase from a year ago.
During the call with financial analysts, Maritz
said VMware has not seen its sales drop off since Microsoft introduced Hyper-V
into the virtualization market in June. Maritz also said he is confident that
VMware's product road map is a full 12 to 24 months ahead of Microsoft's
virtualization road map.
"During this period, we did not see any major losses to Microsoft," said
Maritz. "Clearly, we take Microsoft very seriously, and we keep our eyes very
clearly focused on them. We did see some customers indulge in some direct
comparisons and, by and large, those work toward our favor. In addition,
despite the announcements from the last quarter, Microsoft is still behind in
terms of their product road map, and we don't see them catching up to us in the
next 12 to 24 months, by which time we hope to have moved on."
The competition from Microsoft is one of several challenges that analysts
have pointed to as VMware looks to grow in the next several years. So far,
Maritz, who previously worked at Microsoft, appears to be willing to challenge
his old company head-on.
At the VMworld conference in September, Maritz
introduced VMware's Virtual Datacenter OS,
which allows enterprises to
build out a cloud computing infrastructure within their data centers and
provide direct access to that pool of compute resources. This suite will manage
the entire data center and is seen as a direct challenge to Microsoft's
traditional position in the data center.
VMware intends to roll out the different aspects of its Virtual Datacenter
OS in the next 12 months. The company will update its server management suite
in early 2009, but it will first roll out an updated version of its client
management suite, VMware View 3.0, in the next three months.
During his talk with analysts,
Maritz also said he is working through some of the difficulties of taking over
VMware after former CEO Diane Greene
was ousted from the company she helped
co-found earlier this year. EMC owns VMware, and many believe that Greene had a
falling out with EMC CEO Joseph Tucci.
for the ongoing financial crisis
, Maritz said VMware is cautious about what
2009 will bring, but he sounded confident about VMware's ability to keep its
sales up despite the problems on Wall Street and the ongoing credit crunch.
"Our products speak to the fundamental needs that our customers have, and
they enable our customers to do more with less, and our customers tell us that
virtualization remains at the top of their priority list as they look at
strategic IT investments going forward," Maritz said.