Virtualization's Big Week: The VMware Story
Every year VMware holds its VMworld show, and for the past few it has drawn in excess of 10,000 people. I was there last year and it made Tech-Ed seem small in comparison. This year VMware didn't make a lot of hot announcements. Instead, it reiterated its wish to own the cloud market, both real external clouds and internal enterprise clouds.
VMware has a strong technical set of offerings here based on years of virtualization expertise. My only concern is that it's a closed, proprietary set of offerings. My inside sources say that it may take years for VMware to open up to other technologies such as Hyper-V. Meanwhile, Microsoft is bending over backwards to woo third parties.
I'm not nearly as smart as VMware CEO Paul Maritz, but I do know that for something as sweeping as cloud computing, IT wants choice and for things to be heterogeneous. Tell me where I'm wrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/02/2009 at 1:17 PM