Last week, just one day after VMWare's meteoric IPO
, Citrix Systems announced the acquisition of Xensource
, confirming that virtualization mania was in full swing. Of course, as when any area gets this hot, you have to figure that the IT majors will want in on the action. Wall Street analysts are now speculating that Microsoft may make a competing bid for Xensource
or possibly acquire it through an acquisition of Citrix itself. Should that happen, IBM may feel the need to make a move of its own, although for now it's all rank speculation. Either way, we do know that Microsoft is definitely interested in the virtualization space. A New York Times article from earlier this year discussed the potential rivalry between it and VMWare
, noting that it could attempt to beat it back by bundling the technology into a future version of Windows (sound familiar?). In the past, Microsoft has been conservative about dipping deeply into its cash horde to take on new markets. But as its recent purchase of Aquantive
indicates, it will strike fast when it starts to feel threatened.