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The Xen hypervisor has just had a new release under its new management, The Linux Foundation.
Xen, Citrix's popular open-source hypervisor, is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project with the backing of such major technology powers such as Amazon Web Services, Google, and Intel.
Red Hat announced an upgrade of its Enterprise Linux that offers increased scalability, performance and management of its KVM virtualization as well as performance kicks for Xen. RHEL 5.8, along with the beta of a new Subscription Asset Manager (SAM) tool, were made available on Feb. 21.
Novell's first service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 delivers a host of significant new virtualization and high availability features and support options.First, SP1 offers the latest Xen hypervisor, Xen 4.
When I heard last week that Microsoft and Red Hat would cooperate on Xen virtualization, I knew the Linux leader's long awaited KVM strategy would be right around the corner.It's no secret that Red Hat has chosen KVM in the Linux kernel over Xen as its long term virtualization engine.
Early releases of the Xen hypervisor showed promise but had lots of rough edges. Citrix's XenServer 5, however, is very much a production-class virtualisation solution with features that match, and in some cases exceed, what's available on rival platforms.
VMware is the clear market leader in providing virtualization technology with 82% of the sample using VMware. Despite high levels of Linux use, only 3% of the sample were using Xen as their virtualization platform. Microsoft was used by 13% of the sample base with various Unix technologies and mainframe accounting for 14%. 59% of [...]
Linux company says the product, now in beta, will complement--not compete with--its existing virtualization strategy based on Xen.(By Andrew Donoghue of ZDNet UK)
The company claims it will continue to support the Xen virtualisation project, despite working on an alternative method that is integrated with the Linux kernel
Red Hat has significantly sped up the performance of Windows and Linux guests running on its Xen-based Red Hat Enterprise 5 platform.The Raleigh, NC software company released on May 20 paravirtualized drivers that significantly improve the performance of older Red Hat Enterprise 3 and 4 workloads on its current Linux platform.
Novell on Tuesday announced that Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, is a reference customer using ZENworks Asset Management and Xen virtualization on Suse Linux Enterprise Server.Under the arrangement, Sesame Workshop will use Novell to manage leasing contracts, comply with audit requests and lower hardware costs.
At Oracle OpenWorld Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, unveiled his company's latest twist on virtualization--the Sun xVM platform. Sun xVM is based on the Xen hypervisor and supports Windows, Linux and Solaris guest operating systems, Green said.
I can't possibly profess to know what the pros and cons are of pushing hardware device drivers into the hypervisors that support virtualization technologies like those from XEN and VMware. But it's clear from a recent thread over at the Linux Foundation that there's some disagreement amongst experts (including Linus Torvalds himself) as to whether it makes sense or not.
Xen and lguest technologies have both been merged directly into the Linux kernel, opening up more virtualization avenues.
Future versions of Linux will contain broader support for virtualisation after vendors Xen and lguest merged its technologies into the latest version of the Linux kernel.
Xen and lguest technologies have both been merged directly into the Linux kernel, opening up more virtualisation avenues
Novell has released the first service pack (SP1) for its Suse Linux Enterprise 10 server software, which promises better virtualisation and high performance support along with improved security.Novell also announced a set of drivers allowing various virtualised operating systems to run unmodified under the Xen hypervisor, which is integrated with Suse, at near-native performance.
Novell has become the latest vendor to sign-up to the Green Grid - a gang of supposedly environmentally minded tech companies that are committed to exchanging ideas around how to make data centers more energy efficient. Novell's contribution seems to be based around the idea that virtualisation, specifically Xen running on the company's Suse Enterprise Linux server, can help drive up server utilisation rates.
Production-quality XenSource virtualisation is the main selling point here, with optional clustering and storage virtualisation to go with it. But there’s a lot more besides, making the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux a compelling solution for businesses of all sizes.
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