Re: VMware ecosystem?
I'm not against VMware sprawling into an ecosystem per-say, more that I am worried that it could cause a closed system in that it will cause platform specific requirements to leverage these tools. So they wouldn't port to a non-VMware environment, limiting how customers can leverage the tools. Much like if you want to piece together a solution from multiple vendors, if you risk vendor lock-in (granted, to less of an extent) the adoption will drop off significantly. This would be greatly resolved by leveraging the APIs to work in OpenStack, AWS and Azure. Counter-productive to growing VMware platform sales, but the value it would bring to other platforms could create a new service revenue stream. As long as the tools aren't native to VMware environments, VMware/EMC is laughing, but the reality is that it could be some time before they give up all these nice goodies to folks running hypervisors from the competition.