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VMware Ain't the Only Hypervisor in Town

VMware made news last month when Dell, HP and IBM all agreed to bundle a small, tight version of VMware with its servers. This made it seem almost like VMware is the only game in town, the Microsoft of virtualization. The reality is the field is far more complex and competitive.

It's not just the looming threat of Hyper-V, which will be huge as Microsoft is making all the right moves with pricing and enticing developers. Citrix is also playing big-time in this space with its acquisition of Xen. Sun is basing its new xVM hypervisor on Xen, and last week HP announced that it will embed a version of XenServer on HP servers -- just like it's doing with VMware.

Like the early days of productivity software and even desktop operating systems, this market is wide-the-heck-open. This is gonna be fun.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 24, 2008


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