VMware (VMW -0.9%) gets cut to Hold by Deutsche's Nandan Amladi, who's worried about...

|By:, SA News Editor

VMware (VMW -0.9%) gets cut to Hold by Deutsche's Nandan Amladi, who's worried about competition, billings growth, and execution. VMware's vSphere virtualization platform "continues to face pricing pressures from [Microsoft's] Hyper-V," and the rise of OpenStack is "driving up adoption" of Citrix's (CTXS) Xen virtualization software and the Linux-based KVM. Lastly, checks "indicate a fair amount of interest" in Microsoft's (MSFT) System Center management tools, which compete with parts of VMware's vCloud Suite. IDC estimates VMware's virtualization share fell to 56.8% in 2012, and Microsoft's rose to 27.5%. (cash flow guidance) (Craig-Hallum)