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The Cost of a Big Software Ecosystem

There was a great article yesterday about VMware by Juergen Urbanski on Gigaom that talked about the new VMware vSphere rollout. The most interesting thing Mr. Urbanski, who is an analyst at TechAlpha, noted was the cost of leveraging the VMware ecosystem, if you...

There was a great article yesterday about VMware by Juergen Urbanski on Gigaom that talked about the new VMware vSphere rollout. The most interesting thing Mr. Urbanski, who is an analyst at TechAlpha, noted was the cost of leveraging the VMware ecosystem, if you actually wanted to roll out anything like a private cloud using VMware. This is what he wrote:

Our sources indicate that every $1 of VMware licensing revenue generates about $10 of ecosystem revenue. That should make VMware attractive to partners, but it may also ultimately prove a burden to customers. Mastering this transition will be one of the company’s biggest challenges.

 

This is great news for Cisco and EMC, but it really makes it hard to see how service providers can compete with Xen-based clouds using VMware. I think it also should cause enterprises to pause and look at the real cost of their virtualization, especially as they consider rolling out private clouds.

The key to reducing these costs is to do more with the hypervisor. At VMops, we've built network and storage management into our Multitenant Hypervisor to make it possible to achieve isolation with commodity switches, routers and disks.

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 17:33
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