But VMware isn't the only virtualization vendor with management on its mind. Microsoft and Citrix announced they will cooperate on the management of their respective virtualization products, and Red Hat announced management tools for servers and desktops.
Both announcements were aimed at VMware, and made the day before VMworld started, which didn't come as a surprise to Herrod.
"A lot of people announce things the night before VMworld at this point. This has become the event for virtualization," he said.
But he doesn't seem too worried about the competition, at least not Citrix and Red Hat. The virtualization industry has moved on from the kind of product announcements that VMware's competitors are making, according to Herrod. VMware has 2,500 engineers who do nothing but virtualization and to get to the same level that VMware is aiming to do with vSphere is a massive undertaking, he said.