Bull's Eye Awards: Products of the Year
VMware View 4
In this economy, doing more with less has been hugely important, helping to drive the growth of virtualization products. So a virtualization product from the virtualization leader turned in a winning performance.
It's been an "interesting" year for VMware, with growing competition from Microsoft (Hyper-V) and Citrix (everything Xen), but the company captured the product category in the relatively new space of desktop virtualization, with VMware View 4. The desktop virtualization solution delivers PC over IP protocol -- bringing virtualized PC desktops to the client side for the first time.
According to early reports, the channel sees View 4 as a game-changing disruptive technology that could revolutionize how IT infrastructure is deployed today. Plus, it looks to be highly profitable for solution providers to offer it to their end customers.
Built on vSphere, the company's virtualization platform, View promises to provide cost reductions in the form of simplified IT management as well as quick and easy disaster recovery, and it reportedly reduces desktop total cost of ownership by as much as 50 percent. It provides a "compelling opportunity to leverage our knowledge and expertise in virtualization and forever change how desktop services are both delivered and consumed," said Paul Maritz, president and chief executive officer of VMware.