Desktop & Server Virtualization: VMware
CEO: Pat Gelsinger
VMware has come out on top of the Annual Report Card scoring in this product category in recent years, often by a healthy margin, and the company repeated that performance in 2013 with an overall score of 75.7. This year VMware outscored rivals Citrix, Microsoft and Oracle, and swept the product innovation, support and partnership categories. While VMware was once the undisputed leader in the virtualization arena, other vendors -- Microsoft in particular -- have been challenging the company in its core server virtualization business and in developing markets like desktop virtualization. And with vendors like Cisco and Brocade jumping into the emerging area of network virtualization, the battle will become even more widespread.