Citrix is not the only company listening to customers feedbacks. After much debate around the decision to kill the vSphere Enterprise Edition by December 15, VMware decided to keep it, as confirmed by Computerworld.
Those customers coming from VI3.5 were entitled to keep their existing Enterprise license while moving to the new vSphere 4.0 platform. But VMware originally planned to kill this upgrade option by the end of the year.
This way the company probably hoped to accelerate the adoption of vSphere or drive slow customers towards the more expensive (and future rich) Enteprise Plus Edition.
VMware reconsidered its strategy after receiving negative feedbacks (here’s an example).
For sure the decision was made well before the Citrix attempt to lure away VMware customers with the Open Door program as virtualization.info has learned.