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Gartner Talks: VMware and Novell

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The news on June 9th of VMware and Novell’s partnership probably surprised some people. However, in many ways, this makes sense. I had blogged two and a half years ago about VMware’s vulnerability that 80+% of guest operating systems hosted on its hypervisor are Windows servers. With Microsoft’s push of Hyper-v, the inevitable will happen. At 80+% Windows guests running on VMware, the hypervisor has effectively been filling a hole in the Windows eco-system. Microsoft is now aggressively working to fill that hole themselves with Hyper-V.

But fortunately VMware is doing the right things by going after the cloud, as trying to stick to the old path will result in a slow and painful death. Freeing itself from any dependencies on the Windows franchise and moving to be the premier private and internal cloud services vendor is the right thing for VMware. So, adopting SLES as the operating system layer and the core libraries for their appliances allows them to do just that. Some may wonder “why not RedHat?” RedHat is out to compete with VMware for the same thing as evidenced by RedHat’s launch of RedHat Enterprise Virtualization last November. Novell decided not to compete at the hypervisor layer – a decision they took back in August 2008 when Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware all decided to offer their hypervisors for free but rather charging for the management of them.

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, VMware and Novell- Gartner

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