Research company Gartner has put desktop virtualisation software vendor VMware in the Leaders quadrant of its Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.
The Magic Quadrant is Gartner's graphical representation of individual sectors in the IT market - and the latest survey places VMware firmly among the leading players.
VMware, which claims to offer "virtualisation solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud", provides 'virtualisation' software designed to run virtual machine on systems using various operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
In a statement, Rick Jackson, VMware's chief marketing officer, said: “Since pioneering virtualisation for x86 systems 10 years ago, VMware has helped thousands of customers reduce IT complexity to achieve new levels of efficiency, service and value.”
Jackson went on to say: "We believe our position as a leader reflects this success, reinforces our belief that virtualisation is central to next-generation IT strategy, and recognises our vision for delivering a clear and compelling path to cloud computing."
The company, which has more than 170,000 customers, claims that its software solutions have reduced capital costs of their customers by up to 60 per cent, as well as cutting routine administrative costs by up to a third, and reducing energy costs by up to 80 per cent.