Another one of my predictions for the year came at least partially true: SpringSource has been bought out. I was expecting Oracle, which would have been a disaster for the community, so at least there is a silver lining. Unfortunately, VMWare is such a wildcard that I have no idea what it means.
Rod’s blog post gives an interesting spin on it. I can see the synergy, but I would still question VMWare’s future. Microsoft has been going after them in the virtualization market and Xen is eating their market from the bottom. This was essentially a small fish being eaten by a less small fish. I don’t think we’ll see the end of this until one of the sharks takes a nibble.
So here’s my theory on why VMWare purchased SpringSource: it is all just a ploy for VMWare to be a more appealing target for Oracle.