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Steve Kaplan, vice president of data center virtualization at Presidio Networked Solutions, Greenbelt, Md., believes that VMware, which has taken the high road for years, is looking to dispel the fear, uncertainty and doubt that Microsoft has created in the virtualization space.
"Microsoft is putting so much time and money into attacking VMware, I think VMware has decided that it does warrant a response," Kaplan told CRN. "I think it is great that VMware is addressing the misleading information that Microsoft has been spreading."
Microsoft enjoys injecting humor into its VMware bashing, but turnabout is fair play. In a blog post earlier this week, VMware quotes American Statesman Benjamin Franklin's saying "One today is worth two tomorrows" in reference to Microsoft's tendency to talk about products and features well in advance of their launch.
As VMware notes, Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, and a release of System Center 2012 that will support all its new features, are not yet available. "Amid all of the talk of Windows Server 2012 and the coming release of Hyper-V, it can get awfully confusing about what is actually here today and what is coming in the future," VMware says in the blog post.
Microsoft and VMware have a symbiotic relationship and are not bitter rivals in the mold of a Google versus Microsoft or an Oracle versus HP. That said, the two companies rivalry is intensifying as each vies to become the dominant software player in the cloud.
VMware was at Microsoft's TechEd conference this week, but Redmond Channel Partner reported recently that Microsoft is not permitting it to attend its Worldwide Partner Conference next month. Microsoft is also banning Google, Salesforce and Oracle.
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