For IT pros, it was smack talk worthy of Terrell Owens. Rosenblum has cause to be cocky. VMware's dazzling partial initial public offering has filled its coffers with almost a billion dollars, and its hypervisor market share looks insurmountable. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, which has yet to take the field, won't include a hypervisor until six months after the server launches.
Second--and perhaps more significant--the hypervisor is becoming the main mediator among the components of a data center ecosystem. Large and small vendors alike are building or enhancing their product lines to tap into the hypervisor as a control point, for tracking resource use, provisioning and moving virtual machines, and tying into storage systems.
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