The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series in which Eric Bleeker, senior technology analyst, and Brandon Ragan, systems engineer, discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Eric talks to Brandon to explore the Fool IT department's buying decisions in virtualization. The Fool has long been a VMware customer and appreciates its proven reputation and ability to scale to company needs. To see why the Fool chose VMware over competitors like Citrix and Microsoft and what that can mean for VMware's long-term advantages in the field, watch the video below.

Brandon does not own shares of the companies listed above. Eric owns shares of Cisco. The Motley Fool owns shares of EMC and Microsoft and has the following options: long JAN 2012 $15.00 calls on Cisco Systems and short JAN 2012 $20.00 calls on Cisco Systems. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend VMware. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.