They are becoming a little be late 90s Microsoft, eh?
Certainly they have the “mouthing platitudes towards SME customers whilst providing brutally limited and largely unaffordable solutions because they are terrified of cannibalising their Enterprise revenue” part down just fine. I have a significant lack of being impressed by VMWare’s growing arrogance in a few regards, so chucking folk out on their ear whilst trying to have a quiet conversation at a conference strikes me as no great surprise.
Little wonder then that my planned replacement rollout for 2012 is based around KVM. I have already starting working on the business plans to get funding for the test lab in early 2011, and I hope to start active replacement of my VMWare infrastructure in early 2012. There’s no need to wait around and see how it plays out; Microsoft and many others since have shown us what happens when a company gets too big for its britches.
I’ll huck my money in the general direction of open source, thank you. Given the antipathy of these large IT companies towards SMEs, I’ve sadly probably got a better chance at support from them anyways.
That, and they don’t chuck folk out for no good reason. Thumbsdown for VMWare. Neat software, bad attitude.