I've been thinking a lot lately on the Prairietekism (PrairieTek was a company that almost owned most of the 5 and 10 inch disk drive market before going bankrupt because of some fundamental wrong decisions in their product strategy) and wanted to write up an article and compare it with VMware's fate in the coming years to see. It does not have to go this way but will certainly mean that a sound product still does not guarantee you a sound future, if it is not aligned with the rest of the market's expectations and directions.
About Qlusters, we already knew that they were going to go away. It is sad but it has happened.
Systems management start-up Qlusters Inc. has closed down after seven years. Management yesterday notified the 30 employees of the move. The company failed to take off even though the sector is a hot one with takeovers at hundreds of millions of dollars.
According to IVC Online, Qlusters raised $34 million, including $10 million in a financing round a year ago. The company was co-founded by Ofer Shoshan and Dr. Moshe Bar. Its product, OpenQRM, was based on open source code and designed for an enterprise's physical and virtual servers. In April, the company announced that it was transferring the latest version, OpenQRM 3.5 to the open source community and would cease supporting it. When the company announced no new strategic plan, speculation arose that it was nearing the end of the road.
openQRM was the only star in their product line but they let it go before collapsing.