IDC Ranks VMware as the Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Market Share Leader

New research by IDC analyst Mary Johnson Turner ranked VMware as the leader in the hotly contested cloud systems management software space, as defined by IDC (IDC Report #231493, November 2011).

VMware leads this space with a 15.2 share of the $271.7 million spend in 2010, comprising of vCloud Director (vCD) licenses, the vCenter management platform as well as supporting management software components from the vCenter Operations suite of solutions.

“There is a very tight race among the top three vendors in this market; together they command nearly 44 percent of the total market,” said Mary Johnston Turner, Research Vice President, Enterprise System Management Software at IDC. “This is still a fairly nascent market that IDC expects will experience rapid growth through 2015, by which time cloud systems management software capabilities will be on the must-have list for enterprise and service provider customers alike.”

IDC’s definition of the cloud systems management software market spans a range of systems management monitoring, control, optimization and analytic functionality to the extent it is deployed into an automated, self-serve, consumption-aware public or private cloud operations environment.

Full charge ahead for VMware as it announced a new round of solutions last October (VMware Unveils Management Portfolio for the Cloud Era) designed specifically to deliver on its public, private & hybrid cloud strategy.  A strategy which has won praise from key analyst in the cloud & virtualization space “VMware is and likely will remain next year not only the most important, but the best system software vendor on the planet.” (The Virtualization Practice. Grading VMware’s 2011)

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