A colleague of mine referred me to an article in the Economist titled "The rise of the hypervisor" ; a story that paints the picture of the VMware David taking on the incumbent Goliath's of Microsoft, Linux, and Sun for the top spot of owning the core software that controls IT compute hardware. The last paragraph of the article carefully avoids making any long term predictions. This is where I'd like to venture; based on history.
As many of you know, I spent a number of years working for Novell, through its rise and fall from the grace of the IT community. My perspective from the inside is unique. But as I watch VMware grow and competitors begin to take notice and join into the fray, I find myself witnessing a déja-vu. Let's turn back and look at what happened to Novell's NetWare product:
To learn more and to read the entire article please refer to the following page, Data Center Strategies: Virtualization Wars, what can VMware learn from the past?