Although VMware dominates the server virtualization market, IT professionals increasingly consider Microsoft as an alternative. VMware has yet to see a market share impact, and has been able to maintain its pricing models, even in the face of a free Hyper-V. VMware continues to raise the innovation bar while broadening its management reach via software-defined networking with NSX and software-defined storage with Virtual SAN. Taken together, VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) strategy is intended to make data centers fully virtualized and programmable. VMware has built a strong offering in cloud management platforms (CMPs). Its CMP, VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) 6.1, is the result of its DynamicOps acquisition and its Fabric Manager solution, and is part of the larger vCloud Suite (vCS). This offering enables IT organizations to provide private cloud for *application as a service (*aaS).