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VMware (NYSE:VMW), the industry-leading virtualization software company, empowers organizations to innovate and thrive by streamlining IT operations. By virtualizing infrastructure—from the data center to the cloud to mobile devices—VMware enables IT to deliver services from any device, anytime, anywhere.

Today IT is faced with the challenge of trying to respond to rapidly changing business environments on limited budgets, needing to support legacy applications as well as new modern software applications. Businesses cannot afford to start over and build all new applications for the cloud. But if IT doesn’t respond with a supported cloud service, business units and individual developers go buy their own without the IT oversight that ensures reliability, security, compliance and governance. Cloud computing offers substantial benefits in terms of agility and cost-effectiveness but cloud platforms are not commodities, with one easily substituted for another. You can easily end up with some workloads than can only run on-premise and some that can only run in specific proprietary clouds. 

Today, most companies want and need to have both onsite and offsite IT environments. Most cloud offerings, though, are only designed to run new applications, not support older legacy ones. And if your needs fluctuate, you overprovision, spending precious budget allocations on under-utilized resources rather than being able to move workloads as needed.