Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:00 UTC, submitted by _mikk
Intel "Intel and VMware announced today that Intel Capital is taking a USD 218.5 million stake in virtualization company VMWare. Intel will purchase 9.5 million Class A shares at USD 23 per share, which, at the completion of VMware's forthcoming IPO, will give Intel about a 2.5 percent stake in the company. Because VMware's stock is split between Class A shares, which have less voting power, and Class B shares, Intel won't control that many votes in the company, but they will get a board seat."
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Some scary stuff in this article!
by SReilly on Mon 9th Jul 2007 22:47 UTC
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Looks like MS is out to take over another 'partner's' market. From the article -

Microsoft will eventually rework their entire Windows product line, from consumer editions up to server editions, to include virtualization (and the management of virtualized resources) as a core operating system capability. When this happens, it's very likely that the only Windows-based virtualization solution that any Microsoft shop will consider is the default one that ships with Windows. At this point, VMware had better hope that XenSource hasn't caught up with them on Linux, because Linux will be the only place where VMware will have a prayer.

Although I can understand MS wanting to get on board the virtualisation gravy train, mainly due to the fact that you have several virtualisation technologies out of the box on any Linux distro (not to mention built into the kernel), trying to kill off a former 'partner' by offering a free, Enterprise level alternative integrated into it's consumer desktop offering just seems like more abuse of it's virtual monopoly.

Hopefully we can have several open source implementations to offset MS if they're offering turns out to be as bad as VirtualPC currently is. ;-P

Edit: Added some bits for clarity.

Edited 2007-07-09 22:50 UTC

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