I think with Hyper-V we're going to please an awful lot of people, but not everybody. There are some people who will need features Hyper-V doesn't have - indeed the future of VMware depends on the fact.I don't want to make the mistake of underestimating a competitor, and write their obituary too early.
Then last week IDC sent out something titled "Is VMware the new Netscape" (posted, here - registration needed ). Ouch. One of the memorable quotes I had from my friend David during the Microsoft / Netscape wars - before I worked at Microsoft - was "There are two companies in the browser business. One has a huge market share, an overrated product and treats its customers with contempt. And the other one is Microsoft".
Then today: someone sent round a link to a story on PC World - Kiss VMware's rump goodbye. Say no more.
Update: OK, more. Someone at ZDnet has been having fun with the graphics for Jason Perlow's take on this story
Vmware won't lose it's foothold any time soon.
It's reliable, it works, it's secure.
That can't be said about Windows. Who do you trust, Vmware or Microsoft?
I do love comments like that: Ross. The kind when those advocating a competing product show themselves to have minds so narrow they can look through a keyhole with both eyes.
It's a dangerous mistake to underestimate a competitor, if VMware thought about Microsoft the way you do, they'd be out of business by Christmas: wondering how customers' tests could be so wrong about reliability, security and just getting the job done.
Microsoft has been very careful in its statements about comparing Hyper-V with ESX. Jason Perlow's