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Dec 9 2009   10:46AM GMT

NetApp and Microsoft to jump into bed with each other

MikeLaverick MikeLaverick Profile: MikeLaverick

Well, this is quite new – and alliance between NetApp and MS surrounding cloud-computing. Although the new VCE (VMware, Cisco, EMC) coalition ISN’T meant to drive other vendors into the arms of other hypervisor vendors – some might argue that this story is evidence that it has. I’m not so sure. It seems like hardly a day goes by one vendor doesn’t swear undying affection for another as part of some strategic alliance designed to benefit customers. It seems like this whole cloud thing is much bigger than individual companies, and the pack of cards is being shuffled about somewhat – its seems clear that no-one wants to be dealt a single card which see’s them out of the cloud-in-the-sky poker game.

I’m not being cynical about the MSN coalition (Microsoft-NetApp, can you see what I did there?). But I can see how a lot of bloggers will go – “told-you-so – told you that VCE would make VMware less independent…”. I don’t think so. Are they right? Am I wrong? Let me know – leave a comment…

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/08/microsoft_netapp_lovein/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/08/ms_netapp_alliance/

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2009/12/08/more-on-today-s-announcement-with-netapp.aspx

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