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The Future of VMware -- According to You

Recently I penned a column about VMware. In it I asked if VWmare, which I hugely respect, was making a couple of strategic errors that could doom its future. One problem is the lack of support of competing hypervisors, leading to vendor lock-in. And now VMware wants to virtualize your servers, desktops and private public clouds -- that could be a near-total lock-in.

The other problem concerns third parties. VMware just isn't third-party friendly enough. Folks I talk to say Microsoft is far easier to work with.

These aren't fatal, if VMware corrects itself.

My real point is that you, the Redmond Report reader, weighed in on both sides, alternately calling me an idiot or insightful.

One reader saw first-hand how VMware deals with ISVs and believes that gives Hyper-V a huge advantage. Others see VMware as pushing the envelope, staying well ahead of rivals. And one reader sees startups as the ones really moving the market.

Virtualization Review magazine, which falls under my group, just completed its Readers' Choice Awards, and VMware cleaned up. It is VMware's game to lose, but one could have said the same thing for Netscape, Banyan and WordPerfect.

Where do you see VMware going? Send your thoughts to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/03/2010 at 1:18 PM


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