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Google has formed an intriguing partnership with VMware, as the company looks to build out its online business software services for companies.

Both created at roughly the same time by people with ties to Stanford University, Google and VMware have been at odds for most of their history. Their products rarely overlapped, but as the high-flyers of the moment, the companies fought to hire the most talented software engineers in Silicon Valley.

Diane Greene, VMware’s first chief executive, would often complain to me about Google hiring all the top brains. Meanwhile, VMware has done its fair share of poaching people from Google as well.

The companies have tabled these differences and decided to go after the cloud computing market together. This week, Google announced fairly broad support for some of the Java software tools VMware acquired last year in its purchase of SpringSource.

Putting some of the immediate technical minutiae to the side, you’ll find the meat of the partnership revolving around the idea that customers will be able to move their software between Google’s cloud and clouds based on technology from VMware with relatively, theoretical ease.

From The New York Times
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