VMware and Microsoft both said they’re working behind the scenes to make it easier for virtualization users to migrate across their differing virtualization environments and run each other’s virtualized files.
But so far, it’s only virtual kumbaya. Neither one is saying how they’re going to do it.
I am a staunch believer that virtualization is the next big frontier in enterprise IT (and probably computing as a whole, all the way down to the consumer level). I can’t wait too see what my datacenters and services are going to look like in 5-10 years.
I think it’s going to be a long and painful road to get there, as evidenced by Microsoft’s continuing delays and feature cuts of their Veridian hypervisor.
All that being said, I’m glad to see the major players in virtualization at least starting to talk. I’m not going to hold my breath on the outcome – I’ve been burned by false hopes in the past. But at least it’s a start.