About four months ago, Bernard Golden predicted that virtualization would play a big part in the open source world . The fact that the Novell-Microsoft collaboration agreement centered on it is one more indication that virtualization is "it" for tomorrow's data centers, he said.
Others agree with him, noting that a mixed infrastructure is a reality that must be addressed.
More recently, Novell and Microsoft revealed their product and collaboration roadmap, and virtualizaton, which the companies say they will use to promote interoperability in the mixed data center, is indeed at the top of the list.
With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 next week, Red Hat will be in the game, too. The first update of its operating system will incorporate virtualization technology, according to this Reuters piece. The company is planning to certify the new technology's compatibility in an effort to quash user concerns regarding bugs.