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VMware at a glance: Microsoft going to topple VMware?

This week's VMware news roundup includes a Microsoft executive fanning the virtualization flames and a VMware acquisition and what it means for View.

This week's VMware at-a-glance news and analysis roundup includes a Microsoft executive fanning the virtualization flames; a VMware acquisition and what it means for View; and UNIX servers finally getting a VMotion-style live migration feature.

Microsoft's Muglia brings 'Cloud Computing for Dummies' on stage
Microsoft's president of server and tools business Bob Muglia had some fighting words for VMware at the Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco, Calif. In the small and medium-sized business market, for instance, he said that in side-by-side comparisons with VMware, Hyper-V wins out 90%. Muglia also stated that Microsoft share of the virtualization pie will increase as more multi-year contracts with VMware expire. Find out what else Muglia had to say about the virtualization market in this story.

VMware View modified by VMware-RTO Software acquisition
VMware's acquisition of RTO Software Inc. promises new functionality for View, VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure product. Solutions provides will now be able to use RTO Software's Virtual Profiles to virtualize user profiles, data files, settings and application access from a desktop image. For more information on the RTO Software acquisition, check out

With AIX 6, IBM Unix shop sees VMware-style mobility
The combination of VMware and cheap x86 servers had many UNIX users questioning whether they hitched their wagon to the wrong architecture. Nowadays, live migration capabilities, such as VMware VMotion, are becoming essential. Luckily for IBM UNIX shops, AIX 6 now features Live Partition Mobility, its first live migration tool. In this news story, find out more details on this new feature and whether it will stem the tide of an x86 virtualized data center.

Keith Kessinger is the assistant editor of and You can reach him at

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