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VMware CEO Worries About Open Interfaces, Not Microsoft
VMware President Diane Greene said Monday that the virtualization software company isn’t worried about battling Microsoft and Linux distributors but will fight to ensure that the interfaces between the operating system and hypervisor are open.
At VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3 launch in Cambridge, Mass., Greene said VMware won't fall victim to Microsoft or Linux distributors that incorporate the Xen hypervisor because VMware's platform is far too mature and advanced for rivals to catch up and because customers value virtualization's independence from the operating system.
Unlike rivals’ planned offerings, VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3 virtualizes an entire infrastructure--not just one server--and offers support for mixed workloads, multiple operating systems and open standards.
Microsoft's planned hypervisor won't be available for another two years, but Greene said VMware vows that Microsoft will not be permitted to use its integration strategy with the operating system to lock customers into its proprietary virtualization API or technology.
"We all want to make sure that is open and freely available to anyone and is not used as a way to get proprietary advantage," Greene said. "It would be a real shame for this industry to go in that direction."
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