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Even though the IaaS market is fairly crowded, Miniman says there's still room for VMware to hop in if it wants to. "It's a maturing market, but it's still growing," Miniman says about IaaS offerings. "There are a ton of solutions, but we're still relatively early on."
Perhaps adding fuel to the competitive IaaS market fire was VMware's CEO, Pat Gelsinger, who earlier this month at the company's Partner Exchange Event said that customers, and VMware, "lose" when workloads are placed in Amazon's cloud. According to CRN, Gelsinger said: If "a workload goes to Amazon, you lose, and we have lost forever."
For a company that has been marketing itself as being more open to working with competitors and non-VMware environments, those seem like some fighting words.
Network World senior writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.