Looks like the layoffs helped too
Despite a wave of executive departures, questions over its ability to make money arming cloud vendors, and a dismal economy at home and abroad, VMware has reported a solid set of financial results, though slow growth in software licensing points to storms ahead. The virtualization company reported combined revenues of $1.24bn …
"difficulty in coaxing new customers into the fold."
Not surprising considering Hyper-V Server is free.
VMware is arrogant.
Their technology is more mature than others and they know it and have been milking the cow for a couple of years now. But you can only get away with charging $2K per socket for a hypervisor for so long. Hyper-V is catching and customers are realising their is more to life than VMware.
The vCloud bundles are too expensive and I wouldn't re-mortgage to deploy vCOPs.
I can't knock Horizon View. The complete bundle with Mirage starts to get pricey but there is a lot of value in the range.
...and whether you like them or loathe them, that is precisely why Microsoft are successful. For many people, 'good enough' is good enough.
Hyper-V is free until you try to do something useful, or you need technical support....
That's when the nightmare begins.
Hyper-v is free but no good on its own. Add the required System Center suite of products in the mix and MS suddenly becomes more expensive managing comparative virtualisation workloads plus configuration management overhead.
The old MS trick to get more out of you...............you mugs!
Oh and Ballmer and Microsoft are not arrogant?
"Hyper-V is free until you try to do something useful, or you need technical support...."
ALL features of Hyper-V are free, and all can be managed via Powershell. Tech support is free online, or you can pay about £200 on a per call basis (no minimum subscription required).
"Hyper-v is free but no good on its own."
Not true - all features are fully functional and are remotely controllable via Powershell
"Add the required System Center suite of products in the mix and MS suddenly becomes more expensive managing comparative virtualisation workloads plus configuration management overhead."
System Centre suite is not required - but if you choose to use it, it is far, far cheaper than any similar product....
Dumping assets into Pivotal also seemed to help. The numbers they released that show the business without the drag of Pivotal, Zimbra and other diversitures are much better. 5% license growth vs. 3%.
The key forward indicator is bookings, because most of that figure doesn't show up on the balance sheet as revenue due to accounting rules. 20% growth in bookings is a big deal for a $5Bn software company. Very few software companies make it to that size, and almost none of them grow bookings at 20%. Just ask Larry :-)