Linux or VMware: What’s the Bigger Threat to Microsoft?
Mary Jo Foley, the brain behind the All About Microsoft blog, raises an interesting question today. Amid Microsoft’s big virtualization push, she openly wonders if the biggest threat facing Microsoft is now VMware rather than Linux. The VAR Guy chewed on that a bit, and delivered the following answer.
Mary Jo’s onto something. By striving to control virtualization, Microsoft hopes to ensure Windows Server and Hyper-V Server are at the center of the universe for virtualizing other platforms. If Microsoft needs to coexist with Linux, the software giant at least wants to play the dominant role in the discussion.
The worst-case scenario for the folks in Redmond involves VMware, Red Hat or Citrix sitting at the center of the virtualization universe. That’s why Microsoft has hedged a bit to partner up with Novell. And yes, Microsoft and Novell are actually coordinating their virtualization efforts — despite skeptics who think the Microsoft-Novell relationship is nothing more than empty marketing hype.