If you go on to read the rest of the article, Mike Neil, Microsoft's virtualization chief, says: "It is important to understand that Viridian will ship as part of Windows Server 2008." Does that perhaps mean that Microsoft plans to accelerate their plans for Viridian and ship it as part of Server 2008 RTM?
I used to enjoy covering VMware.
In the good old days, CEO Diane Greene would stop by the office to chat about everything, including point upgrades to ESX Server, GSX Server - remember that - or Workstation. She never tried to oversell the products. She embraced a humble, intelligent approach to discussing VMware's products and plans.
You won't find much reserved about VMware these days. The company's gaudy IPO - documented here in pornographic detail - shattered any notions of holding onto the blushing pride of yesteryear.
So too did last week's VMworld conference in San Francisco. The show used to be a niche event all about a niche vendor. Then, in one year, it transformed into the flagship virtualization gala.