Vmware (NYSE: VMW) and Cyan (NYSE:CYNI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.


This table compares Vmware and Cyan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vmware 17.81% 18.34% 9.14%
Cyan -146.90% -3,667.16% -186.25%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Vmware and Cyan’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vmware $7.09 billion 6.13 $1.85 billion $3.16 33.58
Cyan N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Vmware has higher revenue and earnings than Cyan.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Vmware and Cyan, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vmware 0 13 17 0 2.57
Cyan 0 0 0 0 N/A

Vmware presently has a consensus target price of $111.52, suggesting a potential upside of 5.11%. Given Vmware’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Vmware is more favorable than Cyan.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.8% of Vmware shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Vmware shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Vmware beats Cyan on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vmware Company Profile

VMware, Inc. is an information technology (IT) company. The Company is engaged in development and application of virtualization technologies with x86 server-based computing, separating application software from the underlying hardware. The Company offers various products, which allow organizations to manage IT resources across private clouds and multi-cloud, multi-device environments by leveraging synergies across three product categories: Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), Hybrid Cloud Computing and End-User Computing (EUC). The SDDC is designed to transform and modernize the data center into an on-demand service that addresses application requirements by abstracting, pooling and automating the services that are required from the underlying hardware. The Company provides many storage and availability products to offer data storage and protection options to all applications running on the vSphere platform.

Cyan Company Profile

Cyan, Inc. is a carrier-grade networking solutions company. The Company’s solutions include high-capacity, multi-layer switching and transport platforms, as well as a carrier-grade software-defined networking platform for network virtualization and control. Its solutions enable network operators to virtualize their networks and helps in service delivery. Its solutions enable a range of applications, including business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, broadband backhaul, cloud connectivity, bandwidth on demand and network functions virtualization (NFV). It provides solutions consisting of its family of Z-Series high-capacity, multi-layer switching and transport platforms, its Blue Planet carrier-grade core operating system (SDN) and NFV orchestration platform and a range of professional services.

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