Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2009-12-28

12. VMware
Demise Prediction Rate: 11%
January 2009 Market Cap: $9.58 billion
December 2009 Market Cap: $17.58 billion

Solution providers wagered that VMware, the market leader in virtualization software, would be absorbed by its parent, EMC, or merged with another large vendor. The rapid growth in cloud computing and the war for data center dominance has made VMware the partner of choice for vendors such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Dell. As cloud computing continues to expand, VMware’s fortunes continue to rise. Its market capitalization nearly doubled in 2009, making it increasingly less vulnerable to takeover.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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