VMware and Salesforce to announce partnership, VMs hosting rumored

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Today VMware sent out a number of invitations to promote an upcoming announcement planned for April 27.
The online webcast will be jointly presented with Salesforce, one of the leading companies in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market since years, and it’s dubbed VMforce.

Because it’s highly unlikely that VMware and Salesforce would disclose a merge in such a way, the expectations to have a groundbreaking announcement are set rather low. Nonetheless, a new evidence discovered just a few hours ago, may suggest something really big between the two.

Dave McCrory, founder and CTO at the startup Hyper9, just discovered in the Google Cache a Salesforce job announcement that doesn’t exist anymore and that contains the following key sentence:

Build new VMware technology-based grid with thousands of virtual machines to host…

This single line is enough to speculate on a scenario where Salesforce starts offering to end users hosted virtual servers (or even virtual desktops), targeting both Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure (when it will finally evolve from just a PaaS cloud architecture), and where of course the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud is provided by VMware.

That would be a remarkable announcement.