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Virtualization news briefs: Xen's advantage over VMware

Quoting TechTarget

Xen, the Linux open-source answer to virtualization, is top-of-mind for IT shops planning a virtualization strategy, says Cadman Chiu, director of product marketing at PlateSpin Ltd., a Toronto, Ontario company whose PowerConvert and PowerRecon products help plan and automate physical-to-virtual (P2V) and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) server migrations.

With support for VMware Server and ESX and Microsoft Virtual Server already in the bag, "the next question out of their lips is 'When will you support Xen?" Chiu says.

This week, PlateSpin announced a partnership with Lowell, MA-based Virtual Iron Software, which uses the Xen hypervisor as the basis of its Virtual Iron platform. Currently in beta, the platform will also include virtualization services and a virtualization management component.

VMware's hold on the virtualization market may be the reason behind customer interest in Xen, says Tim Walsh, director of corporate marketing at Virtual Iron. "Right now, VMware is really the only game in town, and that gives them a lot of price control," he says. "A lot of customers feel perhaps they have too much control."

In other Virtual Iron news, the company also launched a channel partnership program, dubbed Channel One.

Read the original article, here.

Published Thursday, September 28, 2006 3:21 PM by David Marshall
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