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Strategy: Why did VMware release its Microsoft 2005 benchmark?

This is my first post on ITtoolbox and an excerpt is here:

We all noticed how Oracle and Sun, in the shadows of Oracle's OOW event, announced their virtualization platforms. Both of these are based on Xen. Oracle came with its own story of how their VM's were 3 times faster than any other virtualization vendor. They also claimed that "the vendors who claim to have the only live migration on the planet" should stop claiming that as it too is becoming a commodity.

So why did VMware start talking about Microsoft suddenly? Simple, because Microsoft is readying its "bare metal" hypervisor and is planning a major strike on claiming back its "children" (read guest OSs) to run back to their "biological mom" (read MS hypervisor). Microsoft's base is massive and VMware is building its fortunes on its OS stack, Application stack (SQL Server, Exchange). Other bigger, mother-of-all apps like Sharepoint, that Steve Ballmer touted as the "next webOS" , too will be adopted by many. Especially there is a lot of talk going on in Educational circles to dump Blackboard kind of proprietary LMS programs and adopt Sharepoint as the shiny new system to collaborate. People are beginning to like it and we too are going full blast with the product.


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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
we're the survivors


we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




*osedax(bone devourer, newly discovered marine genus) feeds on a fallen(sunken) whale carcass(which is also called a whale fall). Read more here