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InformationWeek: Microsoft appears to be positioning itself to take on the major vendors in the private cloud computing market--IBM, HP, BMC Software, CA Technologies and VMware. The company announced plans to release its System Center 2012 cloud management suite within the next six months, and it made release candidates or beta versions of all the components of the suite available now. The company also announced a new licensing scheme, which depends on the number of CPUs in use, not the number of VMs.
In an interview, Microsoft VP Brad Anderson made it clear the company hopes to take on VMware. "VMware has got about twice the market share that we do. But 2012 will be the last year that they're the king of the hill," he predicted. "We don't charge more as the density of virtual machines gets higher each year. We believe it's the customer's right to reap the benefit of more powerful processors. That's very different from VMware," he added.