[THIN] Re: Open Source Enters VM Space
- From: "Tim Mangan" <tmangan@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 15:27:30 -0500
Not playing with it (yet). Xen has the potential to perform better, however it requires access to the guest OS source to achieve that. That pretty much makes it a non-starter in Microsoftland. The Xen guys did get WinXP up as a guest, but that was with source access as a University license. But if you are going with a Linux guest OS, why wouldn't you just get it from your linux vendor? Don't understand how these guys are going to make any money. tim _____ From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Kenzig http://Kenzig.com Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 12:49 PM To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; virtualize Subject: SPAM-LOW: [THIN] Open Source Enters VM Space Ran across this article today...anyone playing with this? Jim Open Source Enters VM Space http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1896227,00.asp Open-source technology is ready to take a major step forward into the competitive virtual machine space, a move that could help drive down costs for users. The Xen project this week expects to release Xen 3.0, an open-source hypervisor technology offering features aimed at large SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) environments. At the same time, XenSource Inc., a company founded earlier this year by the initial developers of Xen, will release its first commercial product, called XenOptimizer, designed to help manage environments us ing Xen. The growth of Xen will help drive down the cost of virtualization, according to XenSource officials and analysts. "Here is a free hypervisor," said Simon Crosby, chief technology officer for XenSource, of Palo Alto, Calif. "[Hypervisor technology] is something that people have been charging a lot of money for." XenSource officials hope upgrades in Xen 3.0 will drive customers to adopt the open-source technology and that customers will turn to XenOptimizer to manage those environments. However, the VM field is a competitive one, populated with vendors such as VMware Inc. (which, in October, rolled out VMware Player, a free product), SWsoft Inc. and Scalent Systems Inc. In addition, systems vendors, including IBM, continue to build their own virtualization technology. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., later this month will start shipping Virtualization Engine 2. 0, which will add features well into the first quarter of next year, said Rich Lechner, IBM's vice president of virtualization. "By the end of the first quarter, we'll have the ability to virtualize 80 percent of our customers' infrastructures," Lechner said. XenSource as a company also has challenges, said Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst with IDC, in Framingham, Mass. Linux vendors Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc.'s SUSE Linux unit are incorporating Xen 3.0 into their operating systems, and systems vendors such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. have said they will offer support for the VM technology. XenSource must persuade enterprises already looking to scale down the number of their suppliers to choose it instead of more established companies. Xen 3.0 supports 32-processor systems and offers more than 4GB of memory in 32-bit computing environments and up to 8TB in 64-bit situations. It also supports Intel Corp.'s on-chip Virtualizat ion Technology. XenOptimizer offers a console for managing, monitoring and provisioning servers running Xen. Matt Ayres, founder and president of Unixshell.com, a service of TekTonic Inc., offers hosted VMs running Xen on homegrown Opteron-based systems. He said Xen 3.0 will be key for customers looking for enterprise-ready VMs. "It's going to be a major player in the market," said Ayres in Shippack, Pa. "Once Xen supports 4GB of RAM, it's going to effectively double the RAM available in our site."
- [THIN] Open Source Enters VM Space
- From: Jim Kenzig http://Kenzig.com
- [THIN] Open Source Enters VM Space