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Why Microsoft will eventually dominate the Virtualization market

Talking to several CxOs, vendors and customers alike, I hear a sentiment: "Well Microsoft owns the desktop and the Server market!" And there is more truth to it than we'd like to deny. Microsoft applications is what you use in your home and work environments. Applications are all built on the Win32 and will soon scale and be developed on the x64 boxes but they will be developed for the Windows.

We all know that Windows Server 7, Exchange 14 etc are the new platforms that will all be typically embedded in virtualization or the whole virtualization will be embedded into these applications. Microsoft is coming in the big way. I also predicted that Bill Gates will come back and take the helm around 2010. Bill knows, muh like Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison etc that when the going gets tough, the tough ought to get going.

As Virtualization matures and commoditizes, Microsoft's presence in the virtualization market will be felt in all directions an depths within our data center. As Microsoft gears up with its famous "second-mover" attack, we will see that Virtualization will eventually help Microsoft also get out of its typical dilemma with its Web 2.0 strategy. Bits and pieces will be adding up soon and will make more sense as Microsoft makes effective use of the virtualization, a great glue and an effective enabler that it is.

Virtualization technology has been here for quite a while, but we will witness that Microsoft will make a solid use of it to glue all of its parts, both static (desktop/server hardware bound applications) and dynamic (SaaS, Web enabled, containerized utility model) applications.

So once again, why will Microsoft dominate this market?
  • The applications you use daily are developed/owned by Microsoft
  • The OS (Server and Windows XP/Vista) are developed/owned by Microsoft
P.S: This blog post came directly from a Mac Book Pro, by the way. Steve Jobs, are you listening as well?


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