It is that time of the year again, VMworld Europe is looming and this year unfortunately I will not be able to attend. However whilst I was clearing out my office cupboards I found my VMworld 2008 program guide, I felt a feeling of nostalgia lay over me, as this was my very first VMworld that I attended. So with a cup of tea, a comfortable chair, and a penguin biscuit, I began a reminiscing session. As I flicked though the VMworld guide with first the sessions and I eventually arriving at the Sponsors and exhibitors sections. It was while perusing this section I noticed that there was a number of vendors that have either been snapped up by bigger partners or disappeared altogether, for example both HP and EDS were sponsors of VMworld 2008 and now HP owns EDS. This got me to thinking about consolidation in the market place in general, as there have been a number of major announcements recently regarding acquisitions for example Dell have snapped up Wyse, Quest and VMware have just splashed the cash on Wanova and Nicira two companies that did not even exist in 2008 .

So without further ado, here is the low down on the status of the Sponsors and Exhibitors since 2008:

VendorOwned
Platinum
VMwareEMC – with a limited IPO
CiscoNo Change in Ownership
DellNo Change in Ownership
EMCNo Change in Ownership
HPNo Change in Ownership
IBMNo Change in Ownership
IntelNo Change in Ownership
NECNo Change in Ownership
NetAppNo Change in Ownership
SymantecNo Change in Ownership
Gold Sponsors
AMDNo Change in Ownership
AppSenseNo Change in Ownership
BMC SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
BrocadeNo Change in Ownership
CitrixNo Change in Ownership
DataDomainAcquired by EMC
EDSAcquired by HP now called HP Enterprise services
egeneraNo Change in Ownership
EmulexNo Change in Ownership
InsightNo Change in Ownership
KingstonNo Change in Ownership
MicrosoftNo Change in Ownership
NovellNo Change in Ownership – Just.
PHD TechologiesRe-branded as PHD Virtual
PlatespinAcquired by Novell
SunGardMerged with Vivista
Sun MicrosystemsAcquired by Oracle
VeeamNo Change in Ownership
VizioncoreAcquired by Quest, who have since been acquired by Dell
WyseAcquired by Dell
Silver Sponsors
AcronisNo Change in Ownership
AkorriAcquired by NetApp
asigraNo Change in Ownership
AvocentAcquired by Emerson Electric Co
CANo Change in Ownership
CDWNo Change in Ownership
commvaultNo Change in Ownership
CompuComNo Change in Ownership
ConfigureSoftAcquired by EMC as Ionix and now part of VMware
DataCore SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
EmboticsNo Change in Ownership
FalconStoreNo Change in Ownership
FujitsuNo Change in Ownership
GlassHouseNo Change in Ownership
GreenPages Technology SolutionsNo Change in Ownership
IgelNo Change in Ownership
LeftHandAcquired by HP
LeoStreamNo Change in Ownership
McAfeeAcquired by Intel
MellanoxNo Change in Ownership
NeterionKilled off by Exar after purchase
NetIQNo Change in Ownership
NeverfailNo Change in Ownership
ParallelsNo Change in Ownership
PillarAcquired by Oracle
QlogicNo Change in Ownership
QuantumNo Change in Ownership
Quest SoftwareAcquired by Dell
riverbedNo Change in Ownership
SurgientAcquired by Quest – Products all EOL’d
TeamQuestNo Change in Ownership
TerremarkAcquired by Verizon
Trace|3No Change in Ownership
tripwireNo Change in Ownership, but no longer in the Virtualization space
unisysNo Change in Ownership
VirteraOut of Business
vKernelAcquired by Quest
vmSightAcquired by Liquidware labs
XioTechAcquired by Seagate – Wholely owned subsidiary
xsigoAcquired by Oracle
Exhibitors
3Leaf SystemsDefunct, failed purchase by Huawei after US Govt intervention
3PARAcquired by HP
3wareAcquired by LSI
Agami SystemsOut of Business – In fact they never even made the 2008 conference
Altor NetworksAcquired by Juniper
AMAX Infomation TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
ApaniWebsite is displaying the standard IIS landing page, assumed ceased trading.
APCNo Change in Ownership
ArbitechNo Change in Ownership
AtempoAcquired by ASG Software Solutions
AzaleosNo Change in Ownership, not focused on Virtualization
Bay MicrosystemsNo Change in Ownership
BlueArcAcquired by HDS
BlueStripeNo Change in Ownership
BT Global ServicesNo Change in Ownership
CanonicalNo Change in Ownership
CatbirdNo Change in Ownership
CerteonNo Change in Ownership
CheckpointNo Change in Ownership
Chip PCNo Change in Ownership
CiRBANo Change in Ownership
CompellentAcquired by Dell
CoraidNo Change in Ownership
DesktoneNo Change in Ownership
Double-TakeNo Change in Ownership
DynamicOpsNo Change in Ownership
eG InovationsNo Change in Ownership
ElastraStatus Unknown – Website not responding and no known contact details, assumed ceased   trading
EricomNo Change in Ownership
ExpandNo Change in Ownership
F5 NetworksNo Change in Ownership
FastScaleAcquired by EMC/Ionix and now VMware
FortisphereOut of Business
GreatLakesNo Change in Ownership
HDSNo Change in Ownership
Hyper9Acquired by Solarwinds
HyTrustNo Change in Ownership
InMageNo Change in Ownership
InstallFreeNo Change in Ownership
IntegrienAcquired by VMware
INXAcquired by Presidio
iStorAcquired by D-Link
iTKOAcquired by CA Technologies
KACEAcquired by Dell
Key Information SystemsNo Change in Ownership
Kroll OntrackAcquired by Altegrity Inc
LakeSide SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
LogicallisNo Change in Ownership
LSINo Change in Ownership
ManageSoftAcquired by Flexera Software
ManageIQNo Change in Ownership
Marathon TechnologiesNo Change in Ownership
Matrox GraphicsNo Change in Ownership
Messaging ArchitectsAcquired by NetMail
Metron-AtheneNo Change in Ownership
MokafiveNo Change in Ownership
NComputingNo Change in Ownership
NetExNo Change in Ownership
NetuitiveNo Change in Ownership
NextioNo Change in Ownership
NimsoftAcquired by CA
ONStorAcquired by LSI
Open-ENo Change in Ownership
Pano LogicNo Change in Ownership
Patni AmericasNo Change in Ownership
PERFMANAcquired by ASG Software
Promise TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
Q-LayerAcquired by Sun Microsystems – Now Oracle
Rackable SystemsInteresting now trading as SGI, after buying them
RadwareNo Change in Ownership
Red hatNo Change in Ownership
Reflex SecurityNow Trading as Reflex Systems
RELDATAAcquired by Starboard Storage Systems
RES SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
RingCubeAcquired by Citrix
ROBOBACAcquired by KineticD
rPathNo Change in Ownership
SanbolicNo Change in Ownership
Sysload SoftwareAcquired by ORSYP
SystarNo Change in Ownership
TDB NetworksNo Change in Ownership
TDINo Change in Ownership
Tek-ToolsAcquired by SolarWinds
ThinPrintAcquired by Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.,
Third BrigadeAcquired by Trend Micro
TIGNo Change in Ownership
Transitive CorpAcquired by IBM
Trend MicroNo Change in Ownership
triCeratNo Change in Ownership
UltraBacNo Change in Ownership
UniPrintNo Change in Ownership
VAlignNo Change in Ownership
Verari SystemsOut of Business
Verizon BusinessNo Change in Ownership
Vicom Computer ServicesNo Change in Ownership
Virtual ComputerAcquired by Citirx
VMLogixAcquired by Citrix
VoltaireAcquired by Mellanox
Wasabi SystemsUnder new Management after failing to secure VC funding in 2009
WIPRONo Change in Ownership
Zeus TechnologyNo Change in Ownership
New Innovators
BakBone SoftwareAcquired by Quest
CENZiCNo Change in Ownership
Computer Lab InternationalNo Change in Ownership
EstorianNo Change in Ownership
iQstor NetworksNo Change in Ownership
Liquid ComputingOut of Business
RTO SoftwareVirtual Profile Assets Acquired by VMware, Company Shut Down
StonesoftNo Change in Ownership
StorMagicNo Change in Ownership
ThinLaunch SoftwareNo Change in Ownership
VertenSysNo Change in Ownership
Virtual InstrumentsNo Change in Ownership

So what was all this nostalgia about then, well there is a purpose to my reminiscing, when a technology area undergoes a period of consolidation such as the virtualization world has in the last four years it means that the big boys have started to take notice and want a slice of the pie, however what makes this particular period of consolidation more interesting is that it has occurred during one of the biggest world recessions since the twenties, some of the numbers that have changed hands for these companies would make Croceous blush.  This is a truly remarkable position for these startups to be in. The chances for a company to be bought up and the founders to be made rich beyond the dreams of avarice not just a pipe dream for these companies.

The only thing I am worried about is that there are an alarming number of similarities with the DotCom boom of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s here.  I just hope  that those similarities do not end with the same result.

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Tom Howarth (92 Posts)

Tom Howarth is an IT Veteran of over 20 years experience and is the owner of PlanetVM.Net Ltd, Tom is a moderator of the VMware Communities forum. He is a contributing author on VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment, and the forthcoming vSphere a Quick Guide. He regularly does huge virtualization projects for enterprises in the U.K. and elsewhere in EMEA. Tom was Elected vExpert for 2009 and each subsequent year thereafter.

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1 comment for “VMworld, The Consolidation Continues. What has happened to the Class of 2008

  1. Lode
    September 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Xsigo actually got acquired by Oracle a few months ago. Apparently Oracle thought they did software defined networking and they needed to get in that space after VMware bought Nicira. (Even though they’re two totally different beasts.)

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