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Microsoft embraces yet another Virtualization vendor



Ashlee reports from The Register:

It is, however, another sign that Microsoft is willing to get along with other players in the virtualization game - most notably XenSource - if that will help the companies give clear market leader VMware a bit of trouble.

Microsoft is in the midst of overhauling its server virtualization software, as it has a less than competitive product available for free at the moment. Eventually - please, please don't hold your breath - Microsoft will release the fresh virtualization code via an update to Longhorn Server.

When that day arrives, the beasty from Redmond may be less comfortable helping out rivals. In the meantime, though, it would prefer to lessen VMware's clout in the market by pushing customers anywhere besides the EMC subsidiary in Palo Alto.


The reason I like the folks at Register and Inquirer is not because of their sheer love for Microsoft but for the plain fact that they are brutally honest! So here's my honesty.

SWsoft didn't make it to the survey of virtualization vendors and I'm sure the whole Virtualization community is waiting for Longhorn's greatest virtualization code. Yeah.

Mark my words: Capacity for mischief does not compensate for lack of creativity. While VMware is making strategic partnership with storage vendors, network vendors the other virtualization folks are group hugging in the isolation glass chamber labelled as "Empty basket? enter here". Honestly I am still waiting for a real good product that comes anywhere close to VMware.

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