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Going, Going, Greene

Diane Greene, whose name is synonymous with VMware, is out of a job, replaced by Microsoft vet Peter Maritz.

VMware founder Greene has been a good friend of the Redmond Media Group. Editor Ed Scannell interviewed Greene twice in recent months, once for a cover story in Redmond magazine and again for a cover story in Virtualization Review.

VMware is riding high, but has some huge challenges. Its biggest issue: pricing. Right now, VMware is more full-featured than Hyper-V, but also far more expensive.

The Rhodesian-born Maritz is a bit of an inside pick. His cloud computing company, Pi Corp., was recently acquired by VMware owner EMC, and it was Joe Tucci, EMC chief and VMware chairman of the board, who made the announcement of Greene's departure (er, dismissal).

I interacted a fair amount with Maritz during his 14 years at Microsoft. He always came across as intensely bright and intensely competitive. The tough-as-nails Maritz also got into hot water during the antitrust prosecution of Microsoft after reportedly threatening to "cut off Netscape's air supply," something Microsoft effectively did.

Now Maritz is on the other side, defending VMware against Hyper-V which is essentially bundled with an OS. Will Microsoft cut off Maritz's air supply? Will there be a détente? Will Microsoft buy VMware? Your answers welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Our best wishes go out to Diane who did an amazing job and was always kind to our group of magazines.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/09/2008 at 1:15 PM


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