There’s lots of bad news coming out of VMware lately. The kings of enterprise virtualization (by percentage of incumbent business only) have clung to the past, anticipating the private cloud was the only way forward, and did too little/too late with public cloud. Meanwhile Amazon, Google, and Microsoft attacked on both sides; Amazon with AWS on public cloud, Google to some extent (I reckon it’s overblown) with Apps, and Microsoft on all sides with Hyper-V, WAPack, System Center, Office 356/etc, and Azure.
The first cracks have appeared with some lesser products in the VMware portfolio – VMware made redundant the entire US-base development staff of Fusion and Workstation. To keeps sales going, VMware said:
VMware continues to offer and support all of our End-User Computing portfolio offerings …
I work in the channel (how software gets from manufacturer to reseller). I know that line. I know it very well. It’s what companies like Microsoft, VMware, etc say to keep sales going after a decision has been made to stop development of a product, and long before they announce that it is dead. They just want what little revenue there is to keep coming in. When you poke, you’ll be told something like “we continue to sell and support X”. You can hear the crickets and tumbleweeds roll when you ask about development and future versions.
It appears that vCloud Air, the public/private cloud program, was also hit with layoffs.
Meanwhile, you can:
- Use the free/awful VirtualBox by Oracle.
- Enable Client Hyper-V in the Pro editions of Windows 8, 8.1, or 10.
- Use the free and fully functional Hyper-V Server on some “server”
- Use trial/MSDN or Open/CSP accounts in Azure
In other news, Microsoft has launched the public preview of the Azure that you can download, with Microsoft Azure Stack.
What is it that they say about rolling stones and moss?