Major software and hardware vendors are starting to work together, hoping to overcome some of the disconnects that arise between the two worlds during times of rapid technological change.
SAP has begun taking steps to forge a coalition to smooth out some of the rough edges of virtualization. The company has gathered the likes of AMD, Intel, HP, Sun, EMC, Cisco, Citrix, VMware and NetApp, as well as Linux providers Novel and Red Hat, to enhance process-driven virtualization platforms for business users.
The group is part of the Enterprise Services Community, a worldwide organization designed to help vendors and users overcome issues surrounding the development and deployment of business productivity software.
One key goal of the group is to help business-process professionals design their own processes to run in virtualized environments using standard modeling techniques regardless of their knowledge of virtualized environments.