The next frontier: Virtual Appliances

April 15, 2007

Massimo Re Ferre asks: Will Microsoft sunset VMware? (responses on the VMTN forum)

One of the parts to note is the claim in his VMware / Microsoft comparison that VMware is trying to *change the rules* by participating in the creation of a new IT platform rather than focusing on mere server consolidation. From that section:

The next frontier would be Virtual Appliances which is a very different way to develop and deploy applications compared to what we are doing today.
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This is a fascinating scenario and as you can imagine it involves more than just developing a hypervisor with a management interface: it involves creating a new culture on how we deal with IT, taking all the pieces apart and rebuild our datacenters in a much more efficient way.