Is VMware acting like an EMC stepchild, or do I have this wrong?
Good question, Laurie. VMware suggests only certain kinds of applications, such as management of virtual desktops, an area it wants to promote, and test/dev, disaster recovery should be the first implementations. It's emphasizing the cases of rapid set up and tear down of virtual machines on a large scale. But I'd like to know why an I/O intensive database application wouldn't also benefit? For that matter, a low priority application with infrequent I/O could benefit by being placed on the same set of servers as high priority ones, but with policies that restrict it in times of high traffic. The conclusion I'm tempted to draw is that management of all virtualized applications will benefit. As soon as virtualization managers gain confidence in the process, they'll put it to work beyond the measures VMware suggests. Is VMware under-selling? Acting like an EMC stepchild, perhaps? Or do I have this wrong?