The Best (And Worst) Third-Quarter Technology Vendor Stocks


VMware

CEO: Pat Gelsinger

June 28, 2013: $66.19
Sept. 30, 2013: $80.9
Change: 20.8%

VMware was very near the bottom of the CRN list for the first six months of 2013 when the virtualization technology developer's stock lost almost 29 percent of its value. But, that turned around in the third calendar quarter, with the company ending up among those with the greatest gains in share price. During the quarter, VMware rolled out its much-anticipated NSX network virtualization technology and expanded its software-defined storage offerings with the VMware Virtual SAN Those are part of what VMware is calling the "software-defined data center."

On the downside, the company continued to lose key executives, some to competitors. In July, chief marketing officer Rick Jackson left to take over the same post at rival Rackspace.