The main difference here is military spending.
Military spending during WWII was around 42% of GDP.. Recent military spending has risen from 3.6% in 1999 to 6% in 2010 (% of GDP). Spending has gotten out of control, and only part of it can be blamed on military spending.
I agree with you on VMWare, but don't knock NFS, especially on NetApp.. Our VMs running on NetApp NFS regularly outperform VMs on our monster Fiber-based arrays. My group manages over 200 ESX/ESXi servers and over 2500 VMs. Welcome to 2011 where fiber is on the decline in favor of enterprise ethernet-based solutions.
I'm a *nix guy, and I do have to say Powershell is pretty sweet.
Here's an example of something extending Powershell. VMWare released a module for PowerShell that allows for control of VMWare env using Powershell.
#Load VMWare snap-in for powershell
LoadSnapin -PSSnapinName "VMware.VimAutomation.Core"
#Create VM from template and then start it
$myNewVMName = "NewVM_01"
$myTemplate = Get-Template "TemplateName"
$strDestinationHost = "ESX01"
$myNewVM = New-VM -Name $myNewVMName -Template $myTemplate -VMHost (Get-VMHost $strDestinationHost)
VMWare created a really awesome extension to Powershell, that allows for all sorts of inheritance and piping. Microsoft created a rather poorly implemented Active Directory extension for Powershell (can't pipe or inherit on things I would expect to be able to)... MS could have used the VMWare example to make a better AD extension.
Obviously we need to add $10/mo to satisfy the songwriters...
We'll also need:
$10/mo for the music artists
$10/mo for the record label
$10/mo for movie script writers
$10/mo for actors
$10/mo for movie publishers
$10/mo for software developers
$10/mo for software companies
Dell could go after Compellent... very similar to 3PAR. CML stock has almost doubled since the start of the 3PAR acquisition. Compellent has a very similar feature-set to 3PAR arrays and Dell could pick them up for about 750M.