Isn’t it odd that the Microsoft Virtualization team would write up an entire post dedicated to the notion that VMware has banned them from exhibiting the new System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM 2008 R2) at VMworld 2009 next week in San Francisco?
I first read of this particular issue on Network World today. But unlike the official Microsoft Virtualization Team Blog, NW actually includes some details about this supposed ban — like this quote from an official VMware spokeswoman:
Yes, competing vendors are allowed to exhibit, including exhibiting competing products.
The VMworld contract was big news — back in May — but since then, like it or not, most competitors and industry watchers have conceded that the fine print in the VMworld contract is industry standard. Just read the comments in that Virtualization.info article referenced by MSFT.
While it does make for pretty good drama, you should know that VMware has not banned Microsoft from exhibiting SCVMM 2008 R2. I do admit, “Try the virtualization manager that VMware doesn’t want you to see!” does sound a lot more intriguing than “Here’s SCVMM R2, it does mostly the same stuff as the first release, and it can manage vSphere now — if you count VI3 feature parity.”
See you at VMworld.