Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited
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.