And will it outdo Google for that coveted prize? I don't think so, they both have different markets and you need different talent for different product. This NYtimes blogger muses (heck who isn't gushing/pissing at VMware lately?):
About 500 jobs for software writers are among more than 700 Palo Alto openings posted on VMware’s Web site.
And the salaries are more than other software companies in the area are offering, Trip Chowdhry, an analyst at Global Equities Research, told the news service.
Mr. Chowdhry estimated that VMware, considered the current market leader in virtualization software, is paying $130,000 to $160,000, plus stock options - compensation that only Google can match, he told Bloomberg.
“The whole object of VMware’s I.P.O. is to get the best talent, and to hold on to that talent for at least four years,” Mr. Chowdhry told Bloomberg, noting that the stock options vest over time. “The software industry is about smart people. That’s how Google grew, and that’s why VMware is offering options.”