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VMware's Virtual Mea Culpa

Good to see that VMware has jumped onto its hypervisor bug, which became public earlier this week.

On Tuesday the vendor reported a major flaw in its latest hypervisor update that prevented customers from turning on virtual machines, no laughing matter considering the current popularity of virtualization.

The issue was caused by a piece of code that was mistakenly left enabled for the final release of Update 2,” explained VMware CEO Paul Maritz, in a letter published that day. “This piece of code was left over from the pre-release versions of Update 2 and was designed to ensure that customers are running on the supported generally available version of Update 2.”

The VMware CEO, who took over from the ousted Diane Greene last month explained that VMware had issued an express patch for customers that have installed/upgraded to ESX or ESXi 3.5 Update 2, and promised a full imminent replacement for Update 2.

What is interesting, though, is how this will impact the world of virtualization in the long-term.

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