"I like that bet. I especially like it since Microsoft,
and at least one of the major Linux distributors, Red Hat or
Novell, will be backing Citrix's play. Citrix will be able to say
to virtualization customers, on both Windows and Linux, that they
can supply them with a single virtualization management program.
"That's an attractive idea. Since Microsoft and Red Hat are
making virtualization peace and Microsoft and Novell have long been
working together on virtualization, I can see Microsoft-only,
Linux-only, and mixed shops all buying into Citrix's virtualization
management solutions. After all, as anyone who has tried to deploy
data-center virtualization knows, virtualization is the easy part.
Managing all those VMs (virtual machines) is the problem."