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VMware’s “Touch of Death” to Microsoft

Does the new hardware-embedded hypervisor make Viridian obsolete before it ships?

The “touch of death” is a martial art that supposedly allows its practitioner to apply a deadly blow without his opponent even feeling it, sometimes succumbing hours or days later.

Is it possible that server virtualization market leader VMware has dealt Microsoft such a blow?

VMware sought to extend its lead in the server virtualization market with new product announcements this week, all the while preaching cooperation with its most natural rival.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company is expected to face stiff competition in the data center when Microsoft finally ships Viridian, its oft-delayed hypervisor, as part of a future enhancement to Windows Server 2008.

But according to several analysts, the new ESX Server 3i hypervisor, which VMware unveiled Sept. 11, could make Microsoft’s planned hypervisor obsolete before it even ships.

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Virtualization, Virtual Application, Virtual MAchine, Virtual Server, VMware, Microsoft, Viridian

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