It’ll be fascinating to see what VMware paid for Zimbra (for which Yahoo! paid $350M in 2007), if this rumor turns out to be accurate
Even so, Zimbra can be a highly strategic asset for VMware. It's not surprising that the virtualization specialist would be interested in Zimbra, especially as it seeks to differentiate its cloud offerings.
Last week, I wrote that an "application war is brewing in the cloud," a war that VMware, more than any other company, is set to launch with its acquisition of Zimbra. Infrastructure isn't enough of a competitive differentiator, especially since most applications aren't designed to run well in the cloud.