Top 20 Virtualization Companies - 2017

Virtualization has become the key technology underpinning 'cloud-era' IT infrastructure and continues to draw attention from enterprises worldwide given the apparent cost benefits and flexibility that it provides. The capacity to set up virtual instances of servers, applications, desktops, networks, and storage devices helps decrease hardware dependence while delivering optimum manageability and scalability. Further powering the improvement in business processes is the increasing use of software-defined data centers (SDDC), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and hyper-converged hardware in modern IT infrastructure.

One of the latest trends covering grounds in the virtualization space is the increasing adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV) by enterprises. Initially, telecom operators were the primary propagators of NFV, but the market for NFV is now spreading out to enterprise cloud and internet service providers. In tandem, the industry has also witnessed a growing potential in deconstructed VDI which takes the resource layer out of the VDI stack while allowing users to mix and match various hosting environments to fit their requirements best. The result is higher flexibility in terms of the resource layer thereby augmenting end-user productivity and making the datacenter future-proof.

IT teams may still be coming to grips with virtualization in a number of businesses, but the technology is here to stay and is unquestionably the future of business IT. The market today abounds with virtualization solution providers armed with best-of-breed technologies that can help companies implement proactive ideas to tackle urgent challenges. To help CIOs navigate this flourishing landscape, a distinguished panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and CIOReview’s editorial board has reviewed the top virtualization solution providers and shortlisted the ones that are at the vanguard fulfilling the urgent demands of the industry.

We present to you CIOReview’s “20 Most Promising Virtualization Solution Providers - 2017.”

Top Virtualization Companies

Helps organizations to secure desktop IT infrastructure using proprietary VDI and remote access technologies

The world leader in software-only storage performance solutions for virtual and physical server environments

Accelerates the digital transformation of enterprise IT by eliminating the costs and risks of adopting new cloud-native data management technologies

Provider of Hyper Converged fully managed IaaS based cloud solutions

The trusted IT solution and virtualization advisor for small, mid-sized and enterprise organizations

Provider of intelligent VM based platform that uses cognitive abilities and machine learning to automate log processing

The company has developed an NFV SmartNIC solution that helps accelerate virtualization performance and flexibility in a costeffective manner

Provider of desktop virtualization and managed IT services


Provides a scalable, secured and robust mobile virtualization platform


Provider of hyper-converged integrated systems with desktop virtualization


Provider of FusionSphere virtualization infrastructure software


Provides a secure and scalable server virtualization environment

ISP System

Commercial Linux-based virtualization management software, which presents a perfect tool for creating virtual machines

Microsoft [NASDAQ: MSFT]

Provides an infrastructure virtualization market for developers

Oracle [NYSE: ORCL]

Offers a range of virtualization technologies, from hypervisor- to containerbased

Red Hat [NYSE: RHT]

Leading open standard enterprise virtualization management solution


The newest virtual desktop solution based on hyper-converged infrastructure


Market leader in enterprise application virtualization software

Symantec [NASDAQ: SYMC]

Provider of application virtualization solutions


Leading hyper-converged infrastructure software provider with integrated container, virtual machine and storage solutions