It has been amazing to watch the ecosystem around VMware explode since I first began working with VMware products 10 years ago. Today we have new, innovative vendors and products that are changing the way IT works – helping us focus on delivering services to our IT consumers, rather than spending time servicing devices. The ecosystem now includes backup, replication, management, monitoring, automation, reporting, and capacity analysis tools from traditional manufacturers as well as relatively new comers. Several vendors and products stand out to me as being particularly effective, reliable, innovative or indispensible for virtualization admins. Here’s some of my favorites.