Thinking out loud here….
Did VMware shoot themselves in the foot ditching Linux?
I remember wondering a while back whether VMware had shot themselves in the foot by ditching Linux and open source in favour of a proprietary kernel which allowed them to keep everything to themselves. Let’s not forget, when they did this, there was no Linux container madness, no Docker, and open source wasn’t changing the world in quite the same way as it is today.
Open source is where it’s at today
But now the world is crazy with container fever, Docker is leading the charge, and open source partying like it’s 1999. And suddenly…. the world is a whole different place. So…… if VMware had stuck with Linux and truly embraced open source, would they be in a better position to leverage containers? Would vSphere be able to run VM’s and Docker containers side-by-side?
Is Microsoft coming in from the left field?
But hows about this for a bizarre possibility…. With Microsoft pre-announcing native support for Docker containers in the next version of Windows Server – and yes I know the detail is suspiciously lacking…. However, could Microsoft be about to ship a hypervisor platform (Windows Server/Hyper-V) that does VM’s and Docker containers?!?!?!
UPDATE: I need to point out that native Docker on Windows will only support and run Windows-based containers (unless of course Microsoft pulls something truly incredible out of their hat… which all-due-respect but I’m not expecting.
And if so…….. will that be a significant factor in the Hypervisor war and give Hyper-V an edge as we transition to a container centric world?
Isn’t Azure more significant?
Sure, I know that Azure and the race for hybrid cloud is gonna have its say in ESX vs Hyper-V….. But could native support for Docker containers be a significant factor too? Native type-1 hypervisor, native Docker containers, backed by the Azure cloud…. sounds pretty decent to me.
Hang on…. this is all assumption!
ow this is all assuming Microsoft actually comes good on its hint of native Docker containers. Plus… I’m assuming that the Hyper-V role will allow containers and VMs at the same time (big assumption).
To me, it looks like it might be interesting factor in the hypervisor war.
Like I said at the top, just thinking out loud!
One last question…
One last question: If open source was rockin it when VMware was born, like it’s rockin it now….. would they have open sourced ESX?