These vendors, large and small, are shaking up the status quo with their new products, approaches and models.
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In less than a decade, VMware -- No. 8 on my earlier list of most strategic IT vendors -- has initiated a wholesale reorganization of data center and systems management around the virtualization of the software layer. In a recent InformationWeek Analytics survey, 45% of respondents said their companies planned to have at least half of their servers virtualized by the end of 2011. Next stop for VMware, according to my colleague Charlie Babcock: managing the creation of the private cloud through its virtualization software layer. "Being the supplier of hypervisors and virtual machines translates directly into cloud formation, cloud use, cloud monitoring and cloud management, also known as more advanced data center management," he says.
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