One step at a time. Why does VMware conduct audits? First of all, they’re not alone. Microsoft , IBM , Oracle , Symantec, Adobe, Autodesk and other vendors have conducted regular audits for some time now. So VMware is not playing the spoilsport here. The vendor, just like its other American competitors on the software market, is subject to the strict conditions imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a partner, we are required to prove that we are behaving in a 'compliant' fashion. It is only logical that customers are next in line.
VMware has been a major player in companies for some time now. Server virtualization has become something of the new normal. These days, issues like mobility, management, automation, and – in this case, I’m happy to use the slightly hackneyed word – the cloud are the talk of the town.
In a nutshell: VMware has expand-ed and now leaves its mark on how customers operate, also in terms of investments. It is no surprise that VMware has become the world’s fifth largest software vendor. But if we give our Pareto charts a quick dust, we’re bound to notice immediately: A company that is compliant with its top vendors (equivalent to 20 percent of the vendors in use) will already have done 80 percent of the work. The good news: As described above, VMware belongs to the 20 percent bracket. The bad news: So far no one has paid all that much attention. How could they? Nobody really knew what VMware cares about and what is important.