It would be great if this was the reason VMware are declining but I fear it's because all the talented programmers have left and they now rely on buying clever toys they don't understand.
The wizards at Gartner have penned a pre-VMworld suggestion to VMware: go back to being teenage rebels. Research veep Chris Wolf likens VMware to a band at a crossroads: does it essentially give up and resign itself to playing greatest hits tours to a dwindling base of fans, or try to once again turn the world on its head? …
AWS are not even on the RADAR for enterprise SDN that I have ever seen.
Microsoft seem to have the best solution so far - with no requirements for proprietary vendor hardware.....
the good is gone
Yes, the MBAs kicked out the clever upstarts with ideas and skills. Now all that's left is mediocre; and so is ESXi 5.1. I dread to see 5.5
Is that really the case?
Or is that there are credable alternitives out there? Both in the form of KVM / HyperV / Xen etc in the data centre, but also that public cloud providers are offering a way to avoid large capital spends altogether?
Re: Is that really the case?
KVM and Xen are not credible alternatives to vSphere, they are credible alternatives to ESXi. They are reasonable hypervisors but it's been a long time since a hypervisor was all that was included in vSphere, and Microsoft's "Cloud OS" strategy which includes all the elements of a full private cloud is going to be very hard to match let alone beat.
SDN on Cisco?
How Does That Make Sense?, Says The Guy Who Works For D-Link.