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Virtualization giant extends its reach: A look at VMware acquisitions

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How the virtualization industry giant extended its reach

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VMware Inc.'s hold as virtualization industry giant remains strong with an estimated 60% market share, but the 15-year-old company has been actively diversifying its portfolio recently, absorbing startups right and left.

Despite a hefty market share and a considerable lead over virtualization efforts from Microsoft and Red Hat, VMware's leadership recognizes the need to have a hand in storage, networking and cloud to keep up with expanding virtualization technology and a changing enterprise IT landscape.

To accomplish this goal, the vendor has spared no expense and made headlines with some of its largest acquisitions to date. Let's take a brief look at some of the most recent entries in VMware's checkbook. 

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