VMware chief says the OS is history

VMware chief says the OS is history

VMware's CEO pitched the company's virtual data center OS, downplaying the significance of Microsoft Windows.

The company "agonized long and hard" about whether to describe the VDC OS as an operating system, and also considered "virtual infrastructure" and "meta operating system." "The reason we chose virtual data center OS is because in our interactions with customers we'd try to outline what we were doing, and they would say 'You are building an OS.'"

Clearly you can't count Microsoft out

"We could grow the hypervisor into a traditional OS, that's still an option for us down the road," he added. "But that's not what we've currently decided to do."

Maritz acknowledged that VMware is embarking on a "big endeavor" and said it will depend on working closely with partners. He was asked what will be the biggest challenges for VMware in the year ahead.

"As with all things there's the small matter of execution," he said. "We'll have to mature as an organization in several ways to do that." They include learning to manage "multiple internal technical endeavors" and meeting deadlines for delivering the new products, he said.

The company has gone from being "the only game in town" in virtualization to facing new competitors such as Microsoft. He joked that Microsoft, where Maritz once worked, lacks critical virtualization features that "won't ship until Windows 3000, or whenever."

"But clearly you can't count Microsoft out," he said.

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