According to this release from VMware we are starting to see applications being developed for early stage virtual technologies. I like the fact that relatively early on in virtualization discussions a genuine concentration has been put on applications. Something that I believe Grid has fallen short on.
Also, the fact that an organization with deep pockets like VMware sponsored and provided means for developers to create these applications shows me promise for the fledgling virtual application market. Finally, the panel of judges assembled here – industry pro’s all – indicates to me that this was not a marketing exercise alone and that virtual applications could one day make it to the enterprise.
The above is well and good, however; all is not perfect. Like my views on the similar contest from Sun my skeptical side says, "while this contest is interesting – where are the real apps?" Let's be honest, Bank of America, isn't going to bring any of these applications into a production environment.
I will watch with great interest and hope that the seeds planted by this contest grow into some true enterprise applications.