VMware's Cloud Momentum Continues Through Q2

Scott Ferguson

VMware continues to transform itself into a significant cloud computing player, especially as its customers look to the company to help manage and secure various hybrid cloud platforms.

On Thursday, VMware released its second-quarter 2018 financial results, which included total revenue of $1.90 billion, a more than 12% year-over-year increase.

In his remarks, CEO Pat Gelsinger noted that customers are turning to VMware, which is part of Dell Technologies, to help manage and secure their clouds, whether those are public or private, but the company is finding its sweet spot within the hybrid cloud market.

Gelsinger added that he plans to talk more about its cloud plans when VMWorld kicks off in Las Vegas on August 27.

(Source: VMware)
(Source: VMware)

One issue that Gelsinger said he plans to talk about at VMWorld is the company's deal with Amazon Web Services to offer management and other services for hybrid cloud. Gelsinger noted that beta tests were going well and referred to it as a "seamless, powerful offering" that is part of a larger portfolio of offerings that will involve AWS.

In addition, Gelsinger noted that the company is also seeing an uptick with its edge computing offerings, especially as more companies invest in Internet of Things (IoT). It's also a way for VMware to reach into the telecommunication market, which has been a strategic initiative for the company over the past several years.

"VMware's customers are looking to extend these capabilities to the edges of their businesses," Gelsinger said during the call.

For the second quarter, VMware posted GAAP net income of $334 million or $0.81 per share, which is a 30% year-over-year increase. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $489 million, or $1.19 per share, a 22% increase.

Additionally, licensing revenue increased 13.7% year-over-year and totaled $732 million for the quarter.

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Wall Street analysts originally called for second quarter non-GAAP earnings of $1.13 per share, with a revenue estimate of $1.86 billion.

Before its August 24 announcement, VMware had released preliminary second-quarter and full-year financial numbers. The company noted that it expected its full-year numbers to be better than executives had anticipated, especially with the second-quarter results in.

For its entire fiscal year, VMware is now expected to post revenue of $7.83 billion, with non-GAAP earnings hitting about $5.08 per share.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
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8/28/2017 | 4:44:13 PM
Re: Open source
@daniel: Sure, but what is VMware going to provide, realistically, that GSMA already does not?

I fear standards competition.
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/28/2017 | 2:04:19 PM
Re: Open source
VMware has a big opportunity in IoT if they can help with building the right framework for this emerging industry. 

What's needed are standards and better security. VMware can certainly help with that. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/26/2017 | 10:27:59 AM
Open source
On the one hand, this potentially helps go to show that for all the benefits (perceived and actual) of open-source cloud, proprietary still does the trick for many enterprises.

But on the other hand, VMware has been getting more involved with Red Hat, OpenStack, and the like lately. All the giants are recognizing the importance of open source involvement and leadership to their future bottom lines.
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