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Virtualization Strategy: Wanna go to the future? Learn from the past!

Robert offers some really insightful points here, as an ex-Novell employee, he knows what went wrong back then.

Quoting Robert:

So how is history repeating itself, you may ask? So in late 2004, Microsoft acquired the virtualization assets of Connectix and launched Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. By comparison to VMware, it doesn't scale and performance is so poor its not really useful to the broad market. Hmmm - Sounds like LAN Manager doesn't it? So Microsoft has restarted from scratch and is launching Hyper-V, its new virtualization solution. At this point, it's a promise, and from Beta reports appears to be akin to Windows NT first releases: better than before, and good enough for a broader market, but still not as rich and mature as VMware's ESX server. So what will the clincher be? Microsoft is already showing that it is integrating its virtualization solution with its whole course meal; integrations with its broad menu of products. On January 21st, Microsoft announced it's virtualization strategy. The key points are that Microsoft is integrating with its desktop monopoly and its other "virtualization" products, such as terminal server, to build a broader solution. The "good enough" product plus Microsoft's developer community will make this a very difficult beast for VMware to deal with. Hmmm - Sounds like what happened to NetWare when Microsoft integrated Exchange with Active Directory.

Good pointers from Richard, see the rest here.


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