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VMware partners look out for other hypervisors as well

"You can't be a one-trick pony," said Britton Almy, senior consultant in the enterprise systems and storage group with Lewis Center, Ohio-based Sarcom Inc. "You need to understand what's out there and what's driving the market."

"Our company is always looking at alternatives, and I actually think it's a good thing with a number of these other vendors coming on, because it's going to get more competitive and that potentially could drive down the costs of virtualization," Almy observed.

Even VMware executives said they will work with the competition on certain accounts.

"We still work with Citrix; they are going to compete in certain markets, but we've also said whatever they do, if it's a VMware customer and they prefer some Citrix technologies to be deployed together, we are going to continue to work with them," said Brian Byun, VMware's vice president of global partners and solutions.

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