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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When it comes to virtualization, the money is not in the host runtime - both MS and VMWare give it away for free - but in the managability software that surrounds it (there are strategic aspects too). Microsoft makes the System Center product line, which has virtualization concepts built deep into it and correspondingly they offer a runtime.

Microsoft definitely desires that Windows be your virtualization host (for any and all workloads), and will build good guest-level support for alternative OSes to support that goal. Their arrangement with Xen speaks to that.

Edited 2007-07-09 23:24

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