Sun Microsystems unveiled its xVM virtualization platform based on the Xen hypervisor with support for Windows, Linux, and Solaris OSs.
During a press conference following his Oracle OpenWorld keynote, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz outlined what he considered to be the advantages of xVM over competitors. First is the business model–xVM is freely distributed and available, he said. In addition, core open source Solaris technologies–ZFS, FMA, Crossbow and DTrace–are available in a hypervisor.
Sun also demoed its xVM Ops Center, a virtualization management tool. In addition, Sun announced a commitment of $2 billion towards research and development on the product line for managing the mixed environments around xVM (InformationWeek).
Virtualization takes the management of data centers to the next level of abstraction, essentially making management of disparate OSs and technology environments seamless. Also, the openxvm.org Web site was announced for open community development of the xVM.
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