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Solaris, Dell and Virtualization from the Mind of Sun's CEO Schwartz

Check out the latest posting on the Sun blog site from the company's CEO, Jonathon Schwartz as he talks about the company's Dell relationship and virtualization.

It was an exciting morning... we made two big announcements at Oracle Open World.

First, we announced a key relationship with Dell, through which they'll be OEM'ing Solaris, and directly supporting customers running Solaris on Dell systems. Second, we announced our free/open source virtualization roadmap, starting with xVM and xVM OpsCenter, our hypervisor and management product set.


We also introduced our new virtualization offering today, the Sun xVM hypervisor, and Sun xVM OpsCenter management suite (the video, above, has a great presentation/demo by Rich Green, who runs our Software biz). I'll be putting together some thoughts later on our approach to the virtualization market, but in short, for geeks... our xVM hypervisor is a very lightweight kernel that inherits proven virtualization technologies (like ZFS, FMA, Dtrace and Crossbow) from the Solaris kernel - while supporting Linux, Windows and Solaris as guests - imbuing guest OS's with the properties of the host hypervisor.

We also announced a variety of partners today, most importantly Red Hat, who'll offer reciprocity with their hypervisor, like Microsoft. As our mothers told us, it's important for us to be a good guest, and a good host. We plan on doing both.

As with all our innovation, xVM is going to start first in the community, where we can engage the folks who'll help make this a success - if you have an interest in joining the developer/administrator community we'll build around openxVM and the OpsCenter management platform, come visit us at

Read Jonathon Schwartz' entire blog post, here.

Published Thursday, November 15, 2007 6:05 AM by David Marshall
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