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:

Vendor Owned
Platinum
VMware EMC – with a limited IPO
Cisco No Change in Ownership
Dell No Change in Ownership
EMC No Change in Ownership
HP No Change in Ownership
IBM No Change in Ownership
Intel No Change in Ownership
NEC No Change in Ownership
NetApp No Change in Ownership
Symantec No Change in Ownership
Gold Sponsors
AMD No Change in Ownership
AppSense No Change in Ownership
BMC Software No Change in Ownership
Brocade No Change in Ownership
Citrix No Change in Ownership
DataDomain Acquired by EMC
EDS Acquired by HP now called HP Enterprise services
egenera No Change in Ownership
Emulex No Change in Ownership
Insight No Change in Ownership
Kingston No Change in Ownership
Microsoft No Change in Ownership
Novell No Change in Ownership – Just.
PHD Techologies Re-branded as PHD Virtual
Platespin Acquired by Novell
SunGard Merged with Vivista
Sun Microsystems Acquired by Oracle
Veeam No Change in Ownership
Vizioncore Acquired by Quest, who have since been acquired by Dell
Wyse Acquired by Dell
Silver Sponsors
Acronis No Change in Ownership
Akorri Acquired by NetApp
asigra No Change in Ownership
Avocent Acquired by Emerson Electric Co
CA No Change in Ownership
CDW No Change in Ownership
commvault No Change in Ownership
CompuCom No Change in Ownership
ConfigureSoft Acquired by EMC as Ionix and now part of VMware
DataCore Software No Change in Ownership
Embotics No Change in Ownership
FalconStore No Change in Ownership
Fujitsu No Change in Ownership
GlassHouse No Change in Ownership
GreenPages Technology Solutions No Change in Ownership
Igel No Change in Ownership
LeftHand Acquired by HP
LeoStream No Change in Ownership
McAfee Acquired by Intel
Mellanox No Change in Ownership
Neterion Killed off by Exar after purchase
NetIQ No Change in Ownership
Neverfail No Change in Ownership
Parallels No Change in Ownership
Pillar Acquired by Oracle
Qlogic No Change in Ownership
Quantum No Change in Ownership
Quest Software Acquired by Dell
riverbed No Change in Ownership
Surgient Acquired by Quest – Products all EOL’d
TeamQuest No Change in Ownership
Terremark Acquired by Verizon
Trace|3 No Change in Ownership
tripwire No Change in Ownership, but no longer in the Virtualization space
unisys No Change in Ownership
Virtera Out of Business
vKernel Acquired by Quest
vmSight Acquired by Liquidware labs
XioTech Acquired by Seagate – Wholely owned subsidiary
xsigo Acquired by Oracle
Exhibitors
3Leaf Systems Defunct, failed purchase by Huawei after US Govt intervention
3PAR Acquired by HP
3ware Acquired by LSI
Agami Systems Out of Business – In fact they never even made the 2008 conference
Altor Networks Acquired by Juniper
AMAX Infomation Technologies No Change in Ownership
Apani Website is displaying the standard IIS landing page, assumed ceased trading.
APC No Change in Ownership
Arbitech No Change in Ownership
Atempo Acquired by ASG Software Solutions
Azaleos No Change in Ownership, not focused on Virtualization
Bay Microsystems No Change in Ownership
BlueArc Acquired by HDS
BlueStripe No Change in Ownership
BT Global Services No Change in Ownership
Canonical No Change in Ownership
Catbird No Change in Ownership
Certeon No Change in Ownership
Checkpoint No Change in Ownership
Chip PC No Change in Ownership
CiRBA No Change in Ownership
Compellent Acquired by Dell
Coraid No Change in Ownership
Desktone No Change in Ownership
Double-Take No Change in Ownership
DynamicOps No Change in Ownership
eG Inovations No Change in Ownership
Elastra Status Unknown – Website not responding and no known contact details, assumed ceased   trading
Ericom No Change in Ownership
Expand No Change in Ownership
F5 Networks No Change in Ownership
FastScale Acquired by EMC/Ionix and now VMware
Fortisphere Out of Business
GreatLakes No Change in Ownership
HDS No Change in Ownership
Hyper9 Acquired by Solarwinds
HyTrust No Change in Ownership
InMage No Change in Ownership
InstallFree No Change in Ownership
Integrien Acquired by VMware
INX Acquired by Presidio
iStor Acquired by D-Link
iTKO Acquired by CA Technologies
KACE Acquired by Dell
Key Information Systems No Change in Ownership
Kroll Ontrack Acquired by Altegrity Inc
LakeSide Software No Change in Ownership
Logicallis No Change in Ownership
LSI No Change in Ownership
ManageSoft Acquired by Flexera Software
ManageIQ No Change in Ownership
Marathon Technologies No Change in Ownership
Matrox Graphics No Change in Ownership
Messaging Architects Acquired by NetMail
Metron-Athene No Change in Ownership
Mokafive No Change in Ownership
NComputing No Change in Ownership
NetEx No Change in Ownership
Netuitive No Change in Ownership
Nextio No Change in Ownership
Nimsoft Acquired by CA
ONStor Acquired by LSI
Open-E No Change in Ownership
Pano Logic No Change in Ownership
Patni Americas No Change in Ownership
PERFMAN Acquired by ASG Software
Promise Technology No Change in Ownership
Q-Layer Acquired by Sun Microsystems – Now Oracle
Rackable Systems Interesting now trading as SGI, after buying them
Radware No Change in Ownership
Red hat No Change in Ownership
Reflex Security Now Trading as Reflex Systems
RELDATA Acquired by Starboard Storage Systems
RES Software No Change in Ownership
RingCube Acquired by Citrix
ROBOBAC Acquired by KineticD
rPath No Change in Ownership
Sanbolic No Change in Ownership
Sysload Software Acquired by ORSYP
Systar No Change in Ownership
TDB Networks No Change in Ownership
TDI No Change in Ownership
Tek-Tools Acquired by SolarWinds
ThinPrint Acquired by Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.,
Third Brigade Acquired by Trend Micro
TIG No Change in Ownership
Transitive Corp Acquired by IBM
Trend Micro No Change in Ownership
triCerat No Change in Ownership
UltraBac No Change in Ownership
UniPrint No Change in Ownership
VAlign No Change in Ownership
Verari Systems Out of Business
Verizon Business No Change in Ownership
Vicom Computer Services No Change in Ownership
Virtual Computer Acquired by Citirx
VMLogix Acquired by Citrix
Voltaire Acquired by Mellanox
Wasabi Systems Under new Management after failing to secure VC funding in 2009
WIPRO No Change in Ownership
Zeus Technology No Change in Ownership
New Innovators
BakBone Software Acquired by Quest
CENZiC No Change in Ownership
Computer Lab International No Change in Ownership
Estorian No Change in Ownership
iQstor Networks No Change in Ownership
Liquid Computing Out of Business
RTO Software Virtual Profile Assets Acquired by VMware, Company Shut Down
Stonesoft No Change in Ownership
StorMagic No Change in Ownership
ThinLaunch Software No Change in Ownership
VertenSys No Change in Ownership
Virtual Instruments No 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 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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