How to understand VMware

How To Understand VMware

Virtualization software creates an abstraction layer over computer hardware that allows the hardware elements of a single computer— processors, memory, storage, and more— to be divided into multiple virtual computers, commonly called virtual machines (VMs). Each virtual machine runs its own operating system (OS) and behaves like an independent computer, even though it is running on a portion of the actual underlying computer hardware.

Products of VMware

VMware products facilitate a powerful cloud computing and virtualization infrastructure. Many different products cover—depending on your requirements—apps, the cloud, networking, workspace, security, and more.  


VMware has its own operating systems that you can install on your physical server(s), turning them into hypervisors, prime for virtualization.


Formerly known as ESXi, the leading VMware OS (or hypervisor) is now vSphere, which you install on your underlying physical server instead of Windows or Linux—the first step in allowing you to start building virtual machines.


The vCenter software is key to operating virtual machine ware effectively. It offers an overarching platform to manage your VMware vSphere environments. So instead of managing one physical server and its virtual machines, vCenter enables you to manage multiple hardware configurations and virtual machines in a scalable pool, with each piece of hardware and all the additional virtual machines therein.


App developers are shifting away from building static, three-tier applications toward distributed services that can provide frequent, ongoing updates. Tanzu aims to let you run any application on any cloud, bringing disparate apps and environments under one roof.


vSan combines with vSphere to better manage your pool of machine storage. It can lower storage costs by efficiently using all combined resources. It enables the most straightforward path to standard and VMware in cloud storage management. 

Desktop Software

VMware Workstation allows you to host its hypervisor on x64 versions of Windows and Linux. VMware Fusion is its hypervisor software for Mac.

Cloud Management

The platform’s vRealize Suite is designed to help you seamlessly manage your hybrid cloud environments. This is accompanied by Cloud Foundation to help you launch and maintain private cloud environments on integrated software-designed data center (SDDC) systems.

NSX Networking

NSX is a crucial VMware program for network virtualization—an essential product in the SDDC architecture. You can create different access policies that govern who can gain entry into various applications and data on the network.

Workspace ONE

Workspace ONE keeps up with the modern world by allowing mobile access to your apps, data, etc.


This product facilitates Bluetooth communication with your virtual machines and supports mobile range finding.

VMware Applications

So what’s VMware used for in real terms? The possibilities are endless, but consider how the company categorizes its multiple uses below.

Virtual Networking

Cloud hosting with VMware  (virtual networking) is used for making the most of your hardware underlay from computers, dedicated servers, routers, switches, etc. It creates simpler resource management, easier remote access, higher uptime, and increased performance. VMware brings everything together with a virtual overlay. 

Multi-Cloud Environment

If you have a company that has one or more cloud environments—each with multiple applications doing their own thing—you can now migrate to the modern cloud computing VMware provides. 

App Platform

If you need to develop and manage many apps, VMware has you covered. You can build, secure, and immediately modernize the apps and run them across any cloud, thanks to VMware’s multi-cloud Kubernetes platform. 

Anywhere Workspace

What is VMware in relation to day-to-day operations? It allows your workforce to work from home or remotely in any capacity, as long as they have some form of VMware computer connected to the pool. They can access apps and other areas of the network with virtually any device via products like Workspace ONE.


Another benefit of VMware is network security. Regardless of the complexity of your environment, security remains an omnipresent force.

Modern enterprises must secure cloud workforces that use a plethora of devices to access the network without getting in the way of productivity. VMware can secure a combination of modern and traditional environments and is present when networks evolve—leaving no device or individual entry point at risk.

Wrap Up

VMware for beginners is a simple way to create and run virtual machines directly from computers or laptops. And while the use of most VMware products is straightforward, you still must be well-versed in servers, networking, the cloud, and apps and understand why you would use these—primarily in their intended enterprise environments.