The art of Xen

Well enough of the witty titles ! This weekend I decided to kick Xen's tires. I have used Solaris 10 zones and love that particular feature of Solaris. I have used Parallels on the Mac and love it too. Albeit two different takes on the same general theme. I have the need to demo software that is only available on Windows so it comes in handy. Otherwise I would never use Parallels. Just no need on the Mac.

I have used VMWare's workstation to host Windows or Solaris images for my demos as well. The networking in VMWare always baffles me when I want to setup a static ip address for Solaris. But in general it works well. So can this upstart Xen make a dent in the VMWare/Parallel perceived back yard.

Well in short yes. Xen offers some features only found in the upscale versions of the WMWare. I particularly like the console which I can run from my laptop. It was a cinch to install Windows, Suse and Red Hat from a remote terminal. I can see my resources utilized across all OS's.

What no Solaris. It is coming. I hear this summer. That will be nice so I can consolidate my demos to one box that rocks.

It is rare to find a piece of software that just works as advertised. It was nice to just use software and not be forced to read something. Xen for all its complexities was just easy to use.

The one thing I wish Xen had was better out of the box support for more hardware choices and OS's. A sparkling light that should get brighter.

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Are you talking about running xen on Solaris as a host, or running Solaris as a guest via xen in other host OS, such as SuSE or Windows?

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on July 08, 2007 at 07:09 PM EDT #

It is my understanding that running Solaris as a guest of Xen is the direction. Although having Solaris as a host OS would be even more interesting. Something to check on...

Posted by Leroy Kelley on July 09, 2007 at 01:45 AM EDT #

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