Microsoft will not tire until it has conquered virtualization. It is going at it with everything it’s got. In a series of acquisitions and announcements over the past few weeks, Microsoft has acquired Opalis and Sentillion. It has also formed a server and Cloud Computing group. Microsoft is going after virtualization as if its existence depended on it; An income opportunity is within arms’ reach and it will not rest until it cashes in on it.
One of the more interesting acquisitions was that of Opalis
, while Opalis offers data center automation in a variety of ways, for this blog let’s just consider what it means to virtualization. In one masterful stroke, Microsoft was able to acquire a company that enriched System Center with many missing features that directly compete with VMware:
- Lifecycle Management directly competes with VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager. Its primary use is the automation of the VM request, provisioning and decommissioning process.
- Orchestration will challenge several products in the VMware family but mainly vCenter Orchestrator. The focus here is on automating tasks and workflows.
- Run Books while this feature is part of the Orchestration framework, I am wondering if Microsoft will not use this technology as a launching pad to develop a product that would compete with VMware Site Recovery Manager. Remember, VMware’s SRM is also in many ways automated orchestration of manual tasks. In this case it would be the automation of failover / failback tasks and workflows in the event of an outage.
With Opalis, Microsoft has incorporated ALMOST every feature of the VMware enterprise stack and I say almost because VMware still has some products that can do things currently unavailable in the Microsoft products. That being said the Opalis acquisition provides a solid foundation and very flexible framework that allows Microsoft to accelerate the introduction of tools that would complete the circle and close any gaps that its product offering has.
I truly hope for VMware’s sake, that they are paying close attention to these moves. Competition is healthy and promotes creativity; I just hope that VMware can formulate a plan that allows it to survive the massive Microsoft attack.