VMware Recaps Highly Successful Year, Looks for Even More in 2012

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-02-14 Print this article Print

VMware recapped a highly successful 2011, hauling in $3.77 billion in revenue, up markedly from $2.9 billion the previous year.

LAS VEGAS €” VMware welcomed a record 4,300 resellers, integators and various other business partners to its global-scope Partner Exchange 2012 event Feb. 14.

The number of attendees at the Venetian Hotel was up 20 percent from 2011 and an eye-opening 120 percent from 2010€”clear indicators that interest in sales of data center, desktop, and other types of IT virtualization products and services continues to quickly ramp up in the channel sector.

"In fact, about 85 percent of everything we sell at VMware comes as a result of the channel," Scott Aronson, who leads the company's global channel, strategic alliance and service provider relationships, told opening general session attendees.

VMware recapped a highly successful 2011, hauling in $3.77 billion in revenue€”up markedly from $2.9 billion the previous year; reaching the 50,000-partner and 350,000-customer levels; and determining that 95 percent of enterprise data centers have at least one instance of a VMware software product.

If that isn't market dominance, then somebody's numbers are a bit off. If that isn't impressive enough, then consider the projection by Gartner that the global private cloud infrastructure market will balloon to a whopping $41.5 billion by 2015.

Aronson, CEO Paul Maritz and CTO Steve Herrod all told attendees during their morning keynotes that VMware intends to earn the lion's share of all that budget during the next three years.

VMware didn't announce any new products or services at the event, focusing instead on channel-related news. This included the announcement of new competitancy tracks in Virtualization of Business-Critical Applications; infrastructure as a service (IaaS); and management of the vCenter Operations Management Suite.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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