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Legacy IT vendors transform to survive the mobile, cloud evolution

Last updated:February 2014

Editor's note

As legacy IT vendors undergo extreme makeovers to survive the cloud and mobile era, their enterprise customers are asking how the new offerings fit with their data center. Here's how major technology companies are transforming to stay relevant and what IT buyers can expect from their suppliers.


Dell Inc. has undergone some major changes recently. It went from being a public company under the watchful eye of investors to a private company with a number of acquired products to integrate and a new trajectory toward software and cloud services. Here's a look at Dell's hurdles and its transformation so far.


While IBM has sold off underperforming x86 servers and PCs and Dell moves toward becoming a software and services company, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) holds tight to its hardware assets. The company may be spreading itself thin, however, as it attempts to balance hardware priorities with its own cloud service ambitions.


IBM is undergoing a major transformation as it updates its mainframes for the cloud era, sells off underperforming Intel-based x86 servers and moves toward software and services. Here's the latest on changes to IBM's portfolio and its efforts to stay ahead of the curve.

4Microsoft 2.0

Microsoft's cloud train has left the station and many legacy software tools have been cloudified.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is hard at work trying to compete with other IT vendors in the mobile space, and its new CEO is sure to have long-term impacts on the company's most widely used products. IT pros wonder whether on-premises versions of entrenched products, such as Exchange and Office, will lose priority.


VMware Inc. made the server virtualization industry what it is today, but the company must grow its cloud and end user computing technologies to compete in these fast-growing segments of the IT vendors' market. Here's a look at some of the company's recent challenges, executive shakeups and where it stands with these technologies today.