This week is the week of VMworld, VWware's conference baby, the show where the world gathers to see the future of data center and virtualization technologies. I wasn't able to make it to VMworld this year, but I can marvel from a distance at all the strategic prancing and positioning around the explosion of open virtualization technologies.
Let's get one thing straight: Open, meaning both interoperability and open source, is the big trend in all software and IT. You've heard about Software Defined Networking (SDN) here, which hopes to translate the more open and virtualized technology of the modern data center into networking. And maybe you know about OpenStack, Linux and Docker, too: They are all open-source communities for building respective cloud-computing platforms, OSes, and distributed applicaitons. The question is: If you are a proprietary software or hardware vendor, what do you do about it? You hedge your bets.