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VMware and Citrix vie for the private cloud

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There’s little doubt that VMware will continue to maintain its lead as a virtualization supplier in the short run, but doing so over the long run is tricky business.

So says Art Wittmann at InformationWeek about VMware’s vSphere 5 offering, updated this week. Despite the bolstering of the cloud infrastructure suite, announced alongside vSphere 5, VMware’s undisputed dominance of the virtualization space may be waning, and the company needs to keep delivering innovation. The company’s new ambitions around the private cloud are being challenged, too: This week rival Citrix closed the acquisition of, strengthening its OpenStack credentials and gaining a market-ready private cloud solution.

For more analysis of how this week’s announcements strengthen the separate offerings of Citrix and VMware as well as further entrench very different philosophical approaches, see my latest weekly update at GigaOM Pro (subscription required).