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VMware opens up to multihypervisor support with acquisition of DynamicOps

Two announcements last week greatly altered the virtualization and cloud management ecosystems. The geek in me wants to describe these events as having caused a "great disturbance in the force." Don't get me wrong: The events were neither good nor evil in nature, but they did cause a shift in the balance of power within the virtualization management community.

The first announcement was Dell's acquisition of Quest Software, which instantly positioned Dell as one of the top virtualization management vendors in the market, capable of giving other third-party vendors and the big four a run for their money. Later that same day, virtualization giant VMware -- in a move that seemed to come out of nowhere -- announced plans to acquire DynamicOps, a virtualization management and cloud provisioning and automation solution provider that was spawned out of Credit Suisse and founded in 2008.

Three things initially jumped out at me when reading up on the VMware acquisition.

Heterogeneous virtualization management
For years, VMware has been insisting it wouldn't provide heterogeneous support for competing vendors' hypervisors -- after all, doing so would validate those other platforms as legitimate. Time and time again, VMware downplayed those technologies as inferior, making it sound like other platforms were always one or two steps behind, trying to play catch-up with vSphere.

But with the acquisition of DynamicOps, VMware is finally offering its customers a way to manage third-party hypervisors. This is quite a departure from previous management strategies that assumed a VMware-only environment. If indeed companies are experimenting or moving to heterogeneous virtualized data centers, VMware may have realized it needed to support other platforms in order to stay relevant. This idea was further substantiated when VMware announced the acquisition and let the following slip out:


Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.

Published Monday, July 09, 2012 1:57 PM by David Marshall
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