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Virtualization vendors jostle for position in wake of Red Hat's virtual play

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VMware Inc. reacted quickly to Red Hat's integrated virtualization roadmap this week, which uses open source Xen instead of VMware. Meanwhile, Red Hat Inc. chief technology officer Brian Stevens said VMware is still a key partner, while other virtualization players refused to choose sides.

Virtualization market leader VMware takes the stance that efficient virtualization can only be achieved with operating system independence, while others -- like San Francisco-based Linux clustering vendor Penguin Computing Inc. -- took a more optimistic wait-and-see approach.

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