VMware and XenSource are moving to hardware near you:
(link dead, sorry)
Virtualization: A feature of the hardware, not the OS?. It's not clear to me how much cost this will add - VMware
ESX runs from $1,000.00 on up, but assuming a reasonable cost, why
wouldn't you want hardware with built in virtualization?
Apparently VMware already has partnerships with IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Network Appliance. I wish Apple were smart enough to see the value of this approach, but apparently they are still stuck in Boot Camp - though I see they are now selling VMware Fusion at their online store, so maybe there is some hope.
If Apple ignores virtualization they will sink back to relative obscurity yet again. If they grasp that brass ring, they are incredibly well positioned to keep climbing higher and higher. They are the only ones who can offer it all on one piece of hardware: OS X, Windows, Linux, BSD and everything else. I keep hoping that they really do understand this and are going to drop the Big Bomb any minute now.. but maybe they just can't see it.
VMware might be facing some trouble from Linux. The details
of this are confusing (see
(link dead, sorry)
The VMware house of cards), but if true, this could put
a damper on VMware's otherwise super nova class star.
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