CRN's 2012 Virtualization 100: Part 1

Virtualization 100: Part 1

Trying to come up with a list of 100 vendors who represent the changes happening in the virtualization industry is a tough task. The biggest problem is defining what virtualization is in an industry where it appears that almost anything can be virtualized. It was easy when vendors only talked about server virtualization or storage virtualization. Now, even keeping up with the vendors themselves is a difficult task. They range from giants like VMware and Microsoft to tiny startups, many of whom have either been recently acquired or are in the process of being acquired as larger companies build their technology base.

Part one of CRN's annual Virtualization 100 is a who's who of virtualization players, spanning every facet of the market from desktop virtualization to virtualization management to storage and server virtualization.

Also, be sure to check out part two of the Virtualization 100 to see if your virtualization partners made the cut.

2X Software

Location: Addison, Texas
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

2X Software provides desktop virtualization, application delivery, remote access and cloud computing solutions. The free 2X Client for remote access is available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.

A10 Networks

Location: San Jose, Calif.
Expertise: Virtualization Management

A10 Networks’ AX Series appliances help to optimize VMs and hosts for reduced cost of ownership with solutions for Application Delivery Controllers/Server Load Balancers; IPv6 Migration & IPv4 Preservation; and Virtualization for Cloud Computing.


Location: Woburn, Mass.
Expertise: Virtualization Management

Acronis develops disaster recovery and data protection solutions designed to reduce TCO through simplifying and automating backup and disaster recovery processes with one unified platform that supports all major hypervisors.


Location: New York
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

AppSense is a global software provider of user virtualization solutions that reduce IT complexity and enable enterprise consumerization with independent management of the user experience across all mobile devices and desktops.


Location: Andover, Mass.
Expertise: Application Virtualization

AppZero automates movement of production Windows server applications to and across any clouds or data center servers, without reengineering, reinstallation or lock-in.


Location: Carlsbad, Calif.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

Arkeia delivers data backup and recovery solutions to protect more than 100,000 networks in 70 countries. The company's appliances, virtual appliances and software back up critical data to disk, tape and cloud storage.


Location: Westborough, Mass.
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

Aternity, an end user experience (EUE) management vendor, provides a Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) Platform, effectively transforming every device (mobile, virtual and physical) into a self-monitoring platform that is user-experience aware.

Atlantis Computing

Location: Mountain View, Calif.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

Atlantis Computing solves the challenges of virtual desktop deployments. The Atlantis ILIO software cuts VDI costs and delivers a desktop that is faster than a PC. With Atlantis, organizations can deploy 4-7 times more desktops on the same storage footprint.


Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Expertise: Virtualization Management

This technology is designed for so-called mixed environments with different operating systems, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. Also works with all types of hardware, from commodity to high end.

CA Technologies

Location: Islandia, N.Y.
Expertise: Virtualization Management

CA Technologies offers virtual infrastructure management and security solutions that provide full lifecycle support, helping customers provision, assure, configure and secure virtual environments.


Location: Scotts Valley,> Expertise: Security

Catbird’s comprehensive protection includes enforcement of PCI, HIPAA, NIST and many other standards in virtual environments. Catbird maintains regulatory compliance and eliminates uncertainty over secure virtualization.


Location: Rosh Haayin, Israel
Expertise: Workspace Virtualization

Utilizing its proprietary workspace virtualization technology, Ceedo develops easy-to-use solutions aimed at solving complicated IT challenges, such as portable computing, remote office security, user-installed application, and OS layering.


Location: Burlington, Mass.
Expertise: Application Virtualization

aCelera virtual appliance plugs into Microsoft and VMware virtualization deployments to manage and boost speed of applications running over WAN. Improves scalability while also reducing company's overall hardware footprint.


Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Expertise: Virtualization Management

CiRBA's predictive analytics software enables organizations to intelligently transform, control and automate virtual and cloud infrastructure. Global 2000 organizations rely on CiRBA to establish and manage leaner, lower-risk, next-generation data centers.

Cisco Systems

Location: San Jose, Calif.
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Cisco's unified data center architecture combines compute, storage, network and management to automate IT as a service across physical and virtual environments, resulting in more agility, lower costs and simplified IT operations.

Citrix Systems

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Expertise: Comprehensive virtualization portfolio

With cloud, collaboration, networking and virtualization technologies, Citrix powers mobile work styles and cloud services, making complex enterprise IT simpler and more accessible for 260,000 organizations.


Location: Austin, Texas
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

ClearCube specializes in centralized computing and desktop virtualization solutions. In addition to the widest range of zero clients, ClearCube manufactures blade workstations utilizing PC-over-IP remote computing protocol for 3-D graphics support.


Location: Redwood City,> Expertise: Storage Virtualization

Coraid's EtherDrive storage solutions deliver scale-out performance, Ethernet simplicity, and faster than Fibre Channel performance at commodity hardware economics. Coraid solutions are designedfor virtualization and cloud architectures.

Datacore Software

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

DataCore's SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor is a comprehensive, yet hardware-independent, solution that fundamentally changes the economics of provisioning, replicating and protecting storage for large enterprises and small to midsize businesses.


Location: Round Rock, Texas
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Dell provides an array of hardware, software and services designed to help channel partners rapidly take advantage of virtualization. Dell’s own virtualization technology integrates with leading virtualization platforms.


Location: Lexington, Mass.
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

Desktone provides infrastructure enabling Desktops as a Service, where a full-featured desktop experience is delivered from the cloud to any device, including workstation, tablet or smartphone. The DaaS platform offers multitenancy while ensuring security.


Location: Calgary, Alberta
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

Desktopsites develops and markets key Windows desktop virtualization solutions for small and midsize businesses. Its flagship product, Konect Elite, offers a Microsoft-centric solution that radically simplifies managing and deploying Microsoft technologies.

Dot Hill

Location: Longmont, Colo.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

Dot Hill’s approach to storage virtualization is centered around an open architecture based on standard networking protocols. Its AssuredSAN family of storage offerings has key features, such as embedded virtualization, for faster data access.

Dynamic Network Factory

Location: Hayward, Calif.
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Provides storage for virtualized environments under its DNF Storage and its Stonefly lines. It also provides IP videosurveillance under its DNF Security line, and security for virtualized environments as part of its DNF Defense line.


Location: Burlington, Mass.
Expertise: Virtualization Management

Provides storage for virtualized environments under its DNF Storage and its Stonefly lines. It also provides IP videosurveillance under its DNF Security line, and security for virtualized environments as part of its DNF Defense line.


Location: Boxborough, Mass.
Expertise: Virtualization Management

Egenera’s PAN Manager Software simplifies data center management and transforms the economics of IT by turning servers, I/O and storage into manageable resource pools that can be quickly allocated and reallocated.


Location: Ottawa
Expertise: Virtualization Management

Embotics provides enterprises with virtualization management and private cloud automation solutions that deliver the fastest time-to-value in the industry. Its V-Commander effectively monitors, optimize and automates organizations' data centers.


Location: Hopkinton, MA
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

EMC enables businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service through innovative products and services, including a vast range of virtualization and other offerings. Cloud computing is fundamental to this change.


Location: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Expertise: Server Virtualization

Emulex provides enterprise-class connectivity for servers, networks and storage devices within the data center, with Fibre Channel adapters, Ethernet adapters, controllers, embedded bridges and switches, and connectivity management software.

Ericom Software

Location: Closter, N.J.
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Ericom Software’s Application Access and Virtualization solutions enable businesses and organizations, cloud hosting companies, DaaS providers and others to implement BYOD policies, and streamline IT costs and complexities.


Location: Westborough, Mass.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

ExaGrid offers a scalable, cost-effective disk backup with deduplication solution that enables instant recovery and running of a virtual machine (VM) from the disk backup system when the primary VM is unavailable.


Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Expedient offers server virtualization management services, including virtual private server, server virtualization and dedicated managed servers, as well as storage networking and disaster recovery services.

F5 Networks

Location: Seattle
Expertise: Network Virtualization

F5’s Application Delivery Networking solutions help organizations implement dynamic, virtualized IT systems by enabling desktop virtualization, file virtualization, infrastructure virtualization and server virtualization capabilities.


Location: Melville, N.Y.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

Through a worldwide network of partners and solution providers, FalconStor Software provides disk-based data protection and storage virtualization, transforming traditional backup and disaster recovery into next-generation service-oriented data protection.

Flexera Software

Location: Schaumburg, Ill.
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

Flexera is a leader in Application Usage Management, helping software producers and enterprises to maximize software value and usage with solutions to manage, control and ensure continual compliance for on-premises, virtual and cloud-based applications.

Hitachi Data Systems

Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

A top storage vendor and a leader in storage virtualization, HDS' Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) is a technology that acts as the front end of a virtualized storage pool, consisting of capacity from multiple storage vendors' arrays connected on the back end.


Location: Mountain View, Calif.
Expertise: Security

HyTrust provides policy management and access control for virtualization infrastructure. Customers are empowered to leverage the cost savings and efficiencies of the cloud, and virtualize more,while avoiding costly security breaches.


Location: Armonk, N.Y.
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

IBM offers server, desktop and storage virtualization, and application infrastructure virtualization, virtualization networking and services. IBM also offers data center optimization and network optimization services in virtual environments.


Location: Cincinnati
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

IGEL helps organizations improve the agility, efficiency and security of their virtual desktop and application delivery systems. IGEL produces a wide range of thin clients, based on Linux and Microsoft Windows.


Location: Santa Clara, Calif
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Increasing manageability, security and flexibility in IT environments, Intel virtualization technologies combined with software-based virtualization solutions provide maximum system utilization by consolidating multiple environments into a single server or PC.


Location: Toronto
Expertise: Analytics

Lanamark's flagship software, Lanamark Suite, enables on-demand IT infrastructure planning, design and optimization through deep Asset Intelligence, Multipoint Data Access and unified analysis for applications, users and machines.

Layered Technologies

Location: Plano, Texas
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Layered Technologies is a hosting provider with a variety of virtualization and cloud services, including managed services, clustered dedicated servers, on-demand cloud computing, and data security and compliance capabilities.


Location: Waltham, Mass
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

Leostream provides the connection-broker technology for successful large-scale enterprise desktop virtualization implementations with its vendor-independent Leostream Connection Broker.


Location: San Francisco
Expertise: Virtualization Management

Librato's Silverline SaaS offering includes application-level SLA management; application and resource monitoring across multiple servers; and cloud infrastructure management that measures resource consumption and usage patterns across groups.

Liquidware Labs

Location: Alpharetta, Ga
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

Liquidware Labs is a leader in desktop transformation solutions for next-generation physical and virtual desktops. Its Stratusphere and ProfileUnity solutions provide a complete software that enables organizations to decouple users and applications.

Marathon Technologies

Location: Littleton, Mass.
Expertise: Server Virtualization

Marathon develops software that turns industry-standard servers into fault-tolerant server pairs. The technology works in physical as well as virtual server environments, including Microsoft and Citrix environments.

Mellanox Technologies

Location: Sunnyvale, Calif
Expertise: Network Virtualization

Mellanox supplies end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet connectivity solutions and services for servers and storage. Its products optimize virtualization for cloud deployments enabling more VMs, lower power consumption and cost-effectiveness.


Location: Redmond, Wash.
Expertise: Comprehensive Virtualization Portfolio

Microsoft's portfolio includes Hyper-V on server, VDI through Citrix and other partners, App-V for application virtualization and enterprise desktop virtualization with MED-V. Hyper-V for free in battle with VMware; sees virtualization as OS feature on server.


Location: Redwood City, Calif.
Expertise: Desktop Virtualization

MokaFive is a complete solution that allows users to run a secure, managed Windows desktop as an application on a Mac (or any computing device). Its MokaFive for iOS enables enterprises to secure only the corporate data on the iPhone or iPad.


Location: Natick, Mass.
Expertise: Storage Virtualization

Nasuni delivers enterprise storage services to global IT organizations with multsite access to primary data storage, off-site disaster recovery, data backup and with a 100 percent reliability guarantee supported by the industry’s most stringent SLA.