An ugly, very public, and somewhat entertaining squabble between a hot startup, Nutanix, and the tech incumbent it challenges, VMware, has taken a new twist, Business Insider has learned.
At stake is big up-and-coming $77 billion market that VMware desperately needs.
Here’s what we’re hearing:
1. Nutanix is working on a technology that would allow businesses to easily rip and replace VMware’s flagship product, known as a hypervisor, with an alternative homegrown hypervisor created by Nutanix, a source close to the company told us.
Easy “rip and replace” is the holy grail in enterprise software. It is so difficult to change infrastructure software like a hypervisor that companies get “locked in,” ultimately paying increasingly more for the software over time. In VMware’s world, this is called a “vTax.”
Right now, Nutanix offers a computer storage product that works with any hypervisor, including VMware’s.
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