VMware quickly responded to this outrage and posted an official response on the VMworld community Web site to let people know this anti-competitive issue will not be a problem. Competitor products are welcome and will be in the exhibit hall. The response stated:
Let us set the record straight on any vendor exhibit issue.
VMware is totally committed to continuing to make VMworld the leading virtualization conference in the world, highlighting the rich, diverse ecosystem that is the virtualization marketplace. Just to be clear, the exhibitor sponsorship contract we are using is standard across the industry. Nothing out of the ordinary or meant to limit the value of VMworld.
As you'd expect, Microsoft and Citrix have already signed up and will of course be participating in the conference this year, as well as hundreds of other companies.
We encourage companies to exhibit and participate that compete with us in one fashion, but complement us in others. It’s all about customers and community!
The VMworld team is hard at work putting together final touches on the show. We are expecting a great turnout and look forward to seeing you in San Francisco on August 31!
Even though this explanation doesn't really address the "why" of why this new text was added into the agreement, stating that Microsoft and Citrix were already signed up and that hundreds of other companies were on board as well seemed to do the trick for most people. So it sounds like everything is back to normal. And with that simple statement, all became right with the world. Bloggers and the folks who Twitter were once again satisifed with the virtualization giant and the coming trade show, and the VMware and Microsoft bashing could continue for another day. See you at VMworld 2009!