Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, server virtualization specialist VMware (NYSE:VMW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at VMware and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

VMware facts

Headquarters (founded)

Palo Alto, Calif. (1998)

Market Cap

$30.2 billion


Systems software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.7 billion


CEO Patrick Gelsinger (since 2012)

COO Carl Eschenbach (since 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$4.9 billion / $450.0 million


Citrix Systems


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 2,338 members who have rated VMware believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just last week, one of those Fools, AaronSmothers, tapped VMware as a particularly healthy opportunity:

With the full initiation of Obama's health care plan the medical world is scrabbling. The virtualization industry stands to profit. Also, enterprise level virtualization may provide a great cost cutting economies of scale option to mid to large companies.

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