OStatic's Sam Dean suggests the answer is a qualified yes, but I can't see it. He points to commoditization of virtualization at the hands of the operating system vendors as a key reason VMware would seek safety in Red Hat, but I would think this trend cuts the other way. Red Hat (and Novell) likely see virtualization's commoditization as a reason to push the knife deeper into VMware. Being acquired by an important but commoditized … Read more
Update at 8:35 a.m. PT on Wednesday: Since ZDNet UK published this article, a patch for the flaw has been posted to VMware's Web site.
VMware virtual machines on all hosts with the company's latest hypervisor, ESX 3.5 Update 2, in enterprise configurations have found that it will not power on after being turned off.
The hypervisor refuses to start when the date is August 12, with customers around the world discovering the problem as midnight was passed in their time zones. A flaw in the VMware licensing code is responsible, according to Martin Niemar, … Read more
The "Is VMware violating the GPL" question is circulating again (Matt Asay follows up his own post here) so I thought it would be useful to dust off an Illuminata Perspectives that I wrote when this same thing cropped up about a year ago. I've excerpted the most salient points from the original post and added a little updated commentary.
The basic issue is as follows. As most folks involved with servers know by now, VMware ESX Server is a server virtualization product that allows multiple "guest" operating systems to co-exist on a single … Read more
In baseball, you get three strikes and you're out. As for technology CEOs, that depends. It depends on the magnitude and visibility of their screw-ups, the aggressiveness of the board, all kinds of things.
Sometimes it just takes one event, if it's big and hairy enough. On the other hand, I've seen CEOs swing and miss dozens of times for years on end, and they're still in the game.
Let's take a look at five recent examples of CEOs getting canned and see what we come up with:
Patricia Russo of Alcatel Lucent. It came as no surprise when Alcatel Lucent announced on July 29 that CEO Russo would step down. She had a decent run at the helm of Lucent, but the 2006 merger with Alcatel has been a disaster for both companies. This is a great example of one huge, high-visibility strike doing a CEO in. Incidentally, Chairman Serge Tchuruk is out, as well.… Read more
Larry Augustin, a venture capitalist and early open-source entrepreneur, made a really good point via e-mail in reference to my post about VMware violating the GPL. A range of people in the open-source community has been pointing the finger at VMware for allegedly creating derivative works of Linux in its ESX virtualization technology without contributing those changes back.
Larry's suggestion? If VMware is violating the GPL, so are a lot of others...with Linus Torvalds' (apparent) express permission. With Augustin's permission, here is part of his e-mail to me:
This is a longstanding general problem. It is not … Read more
Xen has yet to reach Zen.
Xen's open-source standard for virtualization is gaining traction as cloud computing takes off, but despite claims by some companies that their Xen hypervisors outperform others, Simon Crosby, chief technology officer of Citrix, which acquired XenSource, had this advice during his keynote speech at LinuxWorld on Thursday: don't believe it.
"To say my Xen is better than your Xen is utter nonsense," Crosby quipped.
Today the Linux world broke out the champagne to celebrate VMware joining the Linux Foundation. I agree. It's good news.
What it doesn't resolve is the allegation that VMware is in active and conscious violation of the GPL. Some of these allegations appear to be well-founded. VMware's lack of response to the allegations is not golden, especially in light of its embrace of the Linux Foundation.
Here's the problem with how VMware apparently uses Linux (though there's still an open question as to whether VMware does, in fact, use Linux, the evidence points pretty strongly to VMware's use of the open-source operating system).
Products like VMware ESX Server and Citrix Xen Server divide each computer into one or more virtual machines. The virtual machines provide logical memory, CPU, and device resources to guest operating systems. ESX Server, like Citrix Xen Server, uses a hypervisor to mediate between the virtual machines and physical resources of the computer, and an embedded operating system (distinct from guest operating systems) to implement essential virtualization operations.
ESX Server and Citrix Xen Server both use Linux as the embedded operating system. This is where the trouble begins.… Read more
VMware made some headlines yesterday when its new CEO, Paul Maritz, announced during a financial analysts conference call that it would be giving its "embedded" (which, is to say, standalone) hypervisor away for free starting on July 28.
This move is wholly consistent with VMware's past strategy, so I don't view this as a new-found aggressiveness under Paul Maritz. If Paul mentioned Microsoft more frequently during the call than VMware founder and ex-CEO Diane Greene was wont to do, that reflects a different public emphasis rather than a change in direction. As anyone … Read more
If you want to know which side of the Linux versus Windows world VMware is on, just ask Paul Harapin, managing director for Australia and New Zealand at VMware, who has sounded the death knell for Windows. His take? That virtual machines will shortly make Windows obsolete:
What that means is they don't need you to buy a large commercial operating system from Microsoft or anybody else....A product we have, Fusion, allows you to run all of your Windows or open source software on your Macintosh as if it was built for the Mac and you can't … Read more
By now it is old news that Diane Greene is no longer CEO of VMware. A lot has been written about the reasons for the abrupt change and related prospects for VMware moving forward. Rather than focus on the business aspect however, I prefer to use this blog as a tribute to Greene's accomplishments.
Along with her husband, Mendel Rosenblum, and a few others, Greene founded VMware in 1998. In her short 10 years at the company, she helped propel a tech rocket ship. Aside from the obvious financial returns, VMware:
1. Brought a real competitive threat to the … Read more