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There's More to Virtualization than VMware

VMware is a shockingly good company. It just can't fail. When the company had too much market share, Microsoft started giving virtualization away. VMware just made more money. When nearly all other high-tech IPOs floundered, VMware's was a raging success, giving the company a staggering $40 billion or so market cap (this changes by the hour).

In fact, we're so impressed we put VMware's CEO on the cover of our November issue (read the article online here).

But VMware's rivals aren't just rolling over. Microsoft is still working on Viridian, its new hypervisor set to ship six months or so after Windows Server 2008. But the dark horse may well be Citrix, which just completed its acquisition of XenSource. Citrix now has desktop virtualization (we used to call it terminal or thin client computing), application virtualization and server virtualization. And with XenSource, it has terrific relationships with the open source community and a great multi-platform play.

Who do you think has the best long-term virtualization strategy? Let us know by writing me at dbarney@redmondmag.com or posting your comments below.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/29/2007 at 1:15 PM


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