VMware throws next punch in virtualisation battle
VMware has announced it is making its virtual machine file format freely available, with no license or royalties.
Despite the company's claim that "it is committed to supporting any other open virtual machine disk formats broadly adopted by customers and working toward converging on open standards in this area", this announcement is clearly motivated by the desire to ensure that VMware's virtualisation technologies are at the hub of a healthy ecosystem of third parties offering a range of value-added capabilities, such as backup/recovery, provisioning, performance optimistation, and so forth. VMware throws next punch in virtualisation battle | The Register
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