VMware wants to be an enterprise management software vendor with vCenter Operations and the other components of the vCloud Suite. As impressive as VMware is, going it alone against Microsoft, IBM, HP, and CA on the management software front is not a strategy destined for success.
Why is VMware turning its back on per-VM licensing with the release of the vCloud Suite bundles?
Virtualization is such a profound change to how systems operate that it not only creates new management requirements, but it also breaks legacy management solutions. For these reasons, enterprises should look outside of traditional legacy management vendors for their virtualization performance and capacity management solutions. The focus should be on the richness of the virtualization aware functionality in the solutions, their support of multiple platforms, and how easy the solution is to try, buy and implement.