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09.06.08

Does Microsoft Do VMware’s Thinking ‘on Its Behalf’?

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Red Hat, Servers, SLES/SLED, Virtualisation, Windows, Xen at 7:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This important background post may be essential for better understanding of the latest development. The gist of it is that Microsoft’s strong relationship with EMC, Microsoft’s Partner of the Year 2008, enabled it to sneak a former high executive into the CEO ‘slot’ of VMware, having pushed Diane Green out of her long-standing role there. Microsoft now has partial control of VMware, which it can deny all it wants.

The Microsoft-shakes-Microsoft’s-hands situation appears to be continuing. The company controls both self and its fiercest competitor, so having its competitor concede completion or demote GNU/Linux is merely a game.

Despite VMware’s sheer dominance, it keeps caving to an almost inexistent rival. (highlight in red is ours)

VMware has confirmed that its ESX hypervisor will now work with Windows Server, as well as other software from Microsoft.

The move also gives customers ESX technical support from both companies when deploying VMware virtualisation software on Microsoft infrastructure.

Microsoft’s plan is to push GNU/Linux out of the server room through the gradual adoption of virtualisation (the almost-vast majority of datacentres haven’t yet taken advantage of hypervisors). Novell lends a hand to Microsoft by helping it exclude GNU/Linux vendors. The effect on Red Hat, for example, was noted yesterday.

What we have Microsoft do here is simple: Ripping apart the virtualisaton industry, creating a coalition along with existing partners and many acquisitions. All of this just to catch up. Microsoft tried these tactics in Netscape’s days (e.g. Internet Explorer and OEMs) and now it’s attempting the same game, boosted by Novell’s and Citrix’ assistance. Watch what Crosby (of Xen) has just said under the wing of Microsoft’s Partner of the Year 2008:

“They do not compete in the market for bare-metal or general purpose virtualization systems and certainly have nothing to do with the broader application delivery space. Crosby told InternetNews.com. “Their only interest is getting some level of virtualization built into the Linux OS so that Red Hat Linux is not at an even further disadvantage to Microsoft once Hyper-V begins shipping as part of Windows Server.”

Crosby argued that it is Citrix’s belief that the majority of the market will want bare-metal virtualization systems like XenServer and VMware ESX with some segments wanting virtualization built into the Windows OS through Hyper-V.

Citrix and Xen are expected to remain close to Microsoft if not grow closer to it. This is not competition. It’s market distortion through radical intervention and sabotage of status quo. Even Microsoft’s ‘fan analysts’ are helping this happen [1, 2]. Where are the regulators?

Microsoft dirty tactics

Novell Still Playing Microsoft’s Jester

Posted in FUD, Mail, Marketing, Microsoft, Novell at 7:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“A jester, joker, jokester, fool, wit-cracker, prankster, or buffoon is a member of a profession that came into popularity in the Middle Ages. Jesters are always thought to have typically worn brightly colored clothes and eccentric hats in a motley pattern.” [Source: Wikipedia]

Ron Hovsepian begs Ballmer

Although it is arguable, Novell’s biggest announcement last week was the beta of GroupWise. From the unenthusiastic press release:

GroupWise offers a wide range of new functionality and collaboration tools to give users the most integrated and connected work environment available today.

This announcement was significant enough to receive some press coverage [1, 2, 3, 4].

How is Novell’s GroupWise getting along? Don’t ask Novell because its spinner would say it’s fantastic. In reality, however, it’s Microsoft which is killing Novell, its supposable partner. Here is one example from the news:

When Chiquita Brands International decided to move its 4,000 Novell GroupWise e-mail users to Microsoft Exchange two years ago, it wanted to avoid hiring new staff to handle the increased complexity of Microsoft’s e-mail software. So it looked to remote e-mail management services from Azaleos, which moved Chiquita to an on-premises deployment of Exchange that Azaleos oversees from its headquarters in Seattle.

Microsoft is also shaving GroupWise off of Lincolnshire County Council.

Lincolnshire County Council is shifting thousands of workers from Novell to Microsoft systems as part of an IT overhaul.

The revamp will see the council migrate 5,500 staff from Novell Netware and Groupwise to Microsoft Windows and Exchange, as well as build a new wide area network and expand its range of thin clients, as it seeks to cut costs and make its IT easier to maintain and manage.

Let us now forget that Novell constantly attributes its current ‘success’ — however bogus it may be — to Microsoft.

It is rather amusing to find Novell getting kicked in the shin by Microsoft-funded analysts, whom Microsoft has regularly paid for anti-GNU/Linux benchmarks. Those same analysts are now dissing GroupWise out in public, leading to the article “The demise of GroupWise?”

The beta version includes a dashboard that lets users customize their workspace but an Info-Tech analyst notes there’s nothing earth-shattering. Find out what mashup features it has

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As IDC Canada research analyst Kevin Restivo pointed out, “It’s not a matter of product functionality—it’s a Novell business issue. People increasingly want to buy from one supplier, and so it may look easier to go with Microsoft or IBM.”

All bow to IDC, one of Microsoft’s favourite disinformation arms [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. We shall write some more about it shortly. IDG and IDC are pretty much the same establishment and IDG does a lot of GNU/Linux coverage, little of which is flattering. it’s part of a very broad media crisis with catastrophic effects on the issue of trust.

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[1] GroupWise open beta launched by Novell

The programme is available as a free download and offers customers and partners an integrated solution combining traditional e-mail and calendaring functionality in a personal dashboard with team workspaces and Web 2.0 resources such as wikis, blogs and RSS feeds.

[2] Novell releases open beta version of GroupWise

Novell has announced an open beta version of its latest collaboration system GroupWise, as customers demand advanced networking solutions.

[3] Novell throws open GroupWise beta

Software giant Novell has launched an open beta, or testing, version of its GroupWise collaboration software, saying the software would combine traditional collaboration functionality with updated Web 2.0-style additions.

[4] Novell releases GroupWise 8 beta (also here)

Kent Erickson, senior vice president and general manager of Novell’s workgroup solutions arm, said organisations are looking for collaboration tools that keep their employees focused on driving business forward, and their systems running smoothly, without increasing costs.

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: September 5th, 2008 – Part III

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: September 5th, 2008 – Part II

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: September 5th, 2008 – Part I

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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