I knew this was coming a while back, but it's official today: VMware Announces Agreements to Embed VMware ESX 3i Hypervisor Across Broad Lines of Servers from Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP and IBM
Apple needs to pull its head out of the sand on this. Virtualization is the most important technology right now. Microsoft blew it (but they never really had a chance anyway because virtualization hurts them as much or more than it helps them) and VMware has made the first strike, but it's not too late for Apple to ink their own deal. Maybe they don't want to work with VMware? Fine: Parallels is just as good - maybe a bit more work because they don't actually have a competitive product, so maybe they and Apple would need to develop one together.. . The important thing is to be able to offer fully virtualized systems.
Apple would have a BIG advantage here as they are the ONLY platform that can legally run OS X. As they control the hardware, their virtual server could be even tighter than VMware's already tight ESX product..
Sigh.. do they really not see this?
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