Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority-owned by EMC Corporation and is the global leader in virtualisation solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion, more than 120,000 customers and nearly 18,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies.
In 2005, VMware's international presence was still young but rapidly growing both in size and success. As an innovator in virtualisation systems, the company saw the market for this technology was beginning to soar. At one of VMware's main EMEA offices in Cork, Ireland, Network Operations Manager Brian Danaher began to look for a consolidated network security solution that – much like VMware's own highly successful product set – wouldn't multiply the organisation's hardware overhead and could instead cool down datacentre space and power demands. Without such a solution, Danaher could see the future expansion of the business provoking IT management problems.
With its Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances and Virtual Domain (VDOM) capabilities strongly recommended by senior engineers within the VMware organisation, it was clear that the FortiGate® multi-threat network security platform from Fortinet® provided an ideal solution match.