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January 25, 2008


Tarry Singh

Good points!

You should join our Virtualization Linkedin group as well. Some of your ex-colleagues are there as well ;-)


Rey Poster

VMware has an opportunity to capture more marketshare by working with software vendors to create virtual appliances, i.e. prepackaged VM's with OS and configured application to add directly to a customers VMware cluster.

VMware would do well to treat it's customers better by offering scaled pricing on maintenance and figure out a way to combine sales and pricing advantages with other products from mothership EMC.

My argument on the maintenance cost is that it doesn't take a linear effort on the part of VMware (or any other software vendor) to support 100 licenses vs 10 or even 1. So why is the pricing on maintenance linear??

John Gilham

VMWare is overrated in the long term.

As virtualization is now becoming a commodity product, VMWare's business model allows instant portability to any competing platform (VMWare to MS/Xen's VHD. That's the flaw in VMware's business...one that's beginning to look a lot bigger now that there are two other vendors with mature products in the market.

With hyper-v (and other vendor specific VS OS's) most likely to be embedded in server hardware (i.e. flash boot) in the near future...what real value does VMWare provide now that Microsoft supports dynamic clustering?

This makes the initial high cost of VMWare's solution and ten ongoing support contract costs pointless when I can convert VMWare to VHD in 10 minutes.

Ant Stanley

The company I work for, a VMWare and Microsoft partner (amongst others), has adopted the strategy that there is an 18 month window that VMWare will still be a viable product offering... after that window is clsoed, there is an expectation that Virtualisation technology will be a commodity product and virtually free in all forms...

thats not a major issue for us, as we find we generate more income from the accompanying hardware sale ... VMWare is invariably sold with hardware at a ratio of around 7:1 (hardware vs VMWare), and the associated services around virtualisation/consolidation assessments, installation, and migration projects...

as long as we maintain key and rare virtualisation skills (whether they be Microsoft or VMWare skills) we'll still have a competitive advantage..

PS. we're also a Novell partner :)

Brent Hughes

If your expectations dictate that all you need is enough to get by then that is what you will get. I have been in the IT industry for a long time. My finding is that people turn to Microsoft when they want it cheaper or are forced to do so. Microsoft is not going away and the ball is in VMWare's court. VMWare provides a great product hands down and if it were free there would not be a need for this post. However; with the market in shambles companies have to do more with less and enough to get by. ENTER MICROSOFT again...Product is cheap and provides enough to get by during times of recession. We all do what we must and keep on going.

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