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VMware dismisses partner lockout claim

XenSource said:

The virtualization spat began as XenSource announced its OEM agreement with Symantec last month when Simon Crosby, XenSource founder and chief technology officer, claimed that potential VMware partners were being put off by the breadth and depth of VMware's products.

"VMware is the runaway success story right now," he said, adding that VMware's success was causing concern among some of the larger software vendors as customers buying into VMware's VI3 get the ESX Server virtualization software, as well as VirtualCenter for virtual machine management, high availability, and resource scheduling, as well as consolidated backup capabilities.

Reza, Director Marketing, replies:

VMware's Reza Malekzadeh has denied the claim, however, insisting that there is a growing ecosystem of VMware partners and licensees. We have a firm commitment to working to open standards such as the DMTF [distributed management task force]," he said, while noting that the company's virtual machine disk format specification is openly available.

He also noted that Symantec is already a VMware partner, alongside other back-up software providers including CA, CommVault, EMC, IBM Tivoli, and Vizioncore. Indeed, Malekzadeh doubted the wisdom of XenSource picking such a close storage partner.

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