Now, More Than Ever, VMware Must Embrace Open Source

All the way back in 2008, I wrote a post here called "Open Source and the Fall of VMware," which made the case that VMware’s huge market capitalization was precariously based on one primary bet: its proprietary virtualization solutions. At the time, VMware was experienceing rocky times, but since then the company has steadily shown signs of warming up to open source. It has even joined The OpenStack Foundation. However, now, more than ever, as open source solutions become more vital in the cloud and the virtualization space, VMware has to tie its strategy more closely to open source. In my 2008 post, I wrote this: "VMware is not a one-product company, but its huge market capitalization was largely built on efforts in one arena: virtualization. Unfortunately, that red hot technology is increasingly being encroached on by open source offerings, and it is always a precarious proposition for tech companies to depend on one product category as heavily as VMware has. Just ask the former employees of Netscape or Lotus about that." Sure enough, VMware has seen mighty competition from open source virtualization solutions and even proprietary ones such as Microsoft’s. Xen is now overseen by The Linux Foundation,

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