The VMware-Zimbra acquisition, announced last month, showed that VMware is no longer just a virtualization company.
With Zimbra's email and collaboration software, VMware has expanded into the applications market -- much like the vendor moved into middleware with last year's SpringSource acquisition.
VMware plans to use Zimbra to bolster its vCloud efforts. The company says its combination of virtualization, middleware and now applications will allow private and public clouds to work together and be managed more simply.
But some observers don't understand how the VMware-Zimbra acquisition fits into the company's overall strategy. They question whether VMware should be shifting its focus away from its core technologies, especially given the emergence of Microsoft in the virtualization market -- and they wonder if taking on Microsoft in the applications market is a fight worth fighting.
Members of our Server Virtualization Advisory Board weighed in on the issue by answering this question:
Will the acquisition of Zimbra help or hurt VMware?
Click through this slideshow to find out what four of our board members -- Jack Kaiser, Rob McShinsky, Greg Shields and Rick Vanover -- have to say about the VMware-Zimbra acquisition. And if you have a question you'd like to ask the advisory board, email us.