Microsoft Acquires Opalis, Watch Out VMware!
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.
- 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.