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+ - VMware criticizes Microsoft licensing

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Virtualization Dork
Virtualization Dork writes: "'s Alex Barrett just wrote a new story about VMware's take on Microsoft's virtualization licensing. According to the article, VMware contends that Microsoft is stalling the spread of virtualization with its licenses, but analysts say Microsoft isn't the only vendor whose licenses need to be overhauled.

From the article:

Microsoft is retarding the spread of virtualization with unfair, outmoded licensing practices for Windows Server 2003 and Vista operating systems, especially more sophisticated deployments that rely on VMware VMotion. At least, that's what VMware charged in a a whitepaper posted on its Web site last week.

VMware further charges that these practices are not only unfair, but designed to discourage IT shops from using virtualization software that goes beyond Microsoft's own Virtual Server and Virtual PC.

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