Microsoft Vs. VMWare

March 6, 2007 at 8:10 am | Posted in Technical | Leave a comment

If you are considering virtualization and trying to figure out which platform to use, this was a very informative week for you, but not in a very helpful way. VMWare launched a few harpoons at the great white whale last week, and Microsoft has responded in kind, although not exactly in scale. I’d say their response was more like a whale vs. a barnacle than a whale vs. Ahab. 

An article on ZDNet sums it up nicely:

He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it. It is not probable that this monomania in him took its instant rise at the precise time of his bodily dismemberment. Then, in darting at the monster, knife in hand, he had but given loose to a sudden, passionate, corporal animosity; and when he received the stroke that tore him, he probably but felt the agonizing bodily laceration, but nothing more. Yet, when by this collision forced to turn towards home, and for long months of days and weeks, Ahab and anguish lay stretched together in one hammock, rounding in mid winter that dreary, howling Patagonian Cape; then it was, that his torn body and gashed soul bled into one another; and so interfusing, made him mad. — Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.

Come on, Microsoft and VMWare. Let’s play nice, for the good of all of us. I’d hate to see either of your firms sharing a hammock with anguish.


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