VMware bought SpringSource because of the great people at SpringSource
Yes. There is solid talent at SpringSource. VMware has set aside $60 million in retention funding for the approximately 150 SpringSource employees over the next four years. This $60 million was discussed on the VMware investor call and is in addition to the acquisition price. This will clearly help VMware retain SpringSource talent. SpringSource employees will also want to stick around to bring their vision of world domination to fruition ;-)
There is much opportunity and risk for VMware with this acquisition. If VMware can execute well, it'll save the company from peril at the hands of Microsoft and Hyper-V and application server vendors who are minimizing the value of a hypervisor to the level of the underlying operating system itself.
This acquisition raises the competitive bar for vendors with application server and/or hypervisor offerings. That's something customers should be happy about. Fun times ahead!
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