Wednesday Jan 14, 2009

Security Advantages of Solaris Zones (by Dr. Christoph Schuba)

This Sun BluePrints document explains that OS-level virtualization allows multiple applications to share the same OS instance while providing separate security domains for each application.

Friday Dec 26, 2008

Optimizing the Desktop Using Sun xVM VirtualBox

Here is a new Sun BluePrints article describing key product features and benefits of Sun xVM VirtualBox. See how the software enables multiple virtual machines (VMs) on a single desktop, which lets users access applications in OS environments other than the native OS on their laptop or desktop system.

Thursday Nov 27, 2008

Community Tech Tip: Adding xVM DomU Support to a Solaris Live CD Distribution

This tech tip on the BigAdmin wiki describes how to set up xVM domU support for a Solaris Live CD distribution. (Note: domU refers to a guest domain.)

Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

xVM Documentation on OpenSolaris Site

Articles on Sun xVM Hypervisor (all in PDF format):

 - Install Sun xVM Hypervisor and Use It to Configure Domains
 - Part 1: Configure and Use ZFS-Hosted iSCSI Guest Storage Within the
Sun xVM Hypervisor
 - Part 2: Configure and Use ZFS-Hosted iSCSI Guest Storage Within the
Sun xVM Hypervisor

Saturday Oct 18, 2008

MilaX SPARC ISO Updated to v0.3.2 (b98)

Here's a new update of MilaX, the OpenSolaris Small Live CD. This version adds missing virtual drivers (now it's possible to boot MilaX ISO in Guest LDom).

Monday Oct 13, 2008

Best Practices for Logical Domains I/O and Network Availability

This Sun BluePrints article maps I/O best practices from the physical world to the virtual world supported by Logical Domains. For example, the author explains how to use multiple network connections to a server when the connections -- and the server itself -- are virtual.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

2008 Sun xVM Roadshow and Demos

For questions or feedback, please contact xVM-Roadshow [at] sun.com.

 - Oct. 28: San Diego, CA
 - Oct. 29: Irvine, CA
 - Oct. 30: El Segundo, CA
 - Dec. 10: Dallas, TX
 - Dec. 11: Austin, TX

Monday Sep 29, 2008

One-Day OpenSolaris Training

This looks like fun. The training uses VirtualBox, a desktop virtualization software, to run OpenSolaris.

Monday Sep 15, 2008

ZFS & Virtualization Enhancements in Solaris 10 10/08 OS

With the Solaris 10 10/08 release, systems running Solaris 10 can boot from ZFS and use ZFS as their root file system. Solaris 10 10/08 also includes enhancements for Solaris Containers and Logical Domains.

Thursday Sep 11, 2008

Patching the Solaris OS Using Sun Ops Center

An article from the docs.sun.com group describes methods to patch the Solaris OS using Sun xVM Ops Center 1.1.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2008

The Launch of Sun xVM Portfolio


This open virtualization solution spans virtualization and management for desktops and data centers:
 - xVM Server 1.0: Pre-configured hypervisor for heterogeneous workload consolidation (Register to be notified about the Early Access xVM Server download)
 - xVM Ops Center 2.0: Console tool for both physical and virtual management
 - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Desktop solution with a choice of Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Solaris OS
 - xVM VirtualBox 2.0: Small-footprint hypervisor with support for all major operating systems

Monday Sep 08, 2008

Sun xVM Virtualization Portfolio

Check out the only open solution spanning virtualization and management from desktop to datacenter. See the live webcast and participate in the live chat on Wednesday, September 10, at 9 a.m. PT.

Saturday Aug 16, 2008

Technology Insanity: Cables to Nowhere

In his blog, "Virtual (In)Sanity: A view into a virtual mind", Mike Wookey takes you to his mini data center in the basement.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

Sun Wins Three InfoWorld Best of Open-Source Software Awards

InfoWorld's 2008 Bossie awards "recognize the top free and open products for business, IT, and personal productivity." Among them are Sun products MySQL, VirtualBox, and OpenOffice.org.

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Friday Jul 18, 2008

Article on LDOMS: Data Reliability With Logical Domains

This Sun BluePrints article describes how data center best practices for disk and network I/O translate into the virtual world. (One example is the configuration of multiple data paths to network and storage resources to increase availability.)

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