Friday Sep 12, 2008

Sun Launches Highly Anticipated Virtualization Products -- xVM Server and xVM Ops Center 2.0

Wednesday, 9/10, was an exciting day for Sun with the announcement of key components of its comprehensive virtualization strategy -- Sun xVM Server software and xVM Ops Center 2.0. With the addition of these two products, Sun now offers one of the most comprehensive virtualization solutions on the market today, allowing customers and partners to virtualize from the desktop to the datacenter.

Sun also launched, a new open source community, where developers can download the first source code bundle for the Sun xVM Server hypervisor and contribute to the direction and development of the product at In addition, Sun added new services and support for Sun xVM Server software and xVM Ops Center 2.0 to its world-class virtualization suite of services.

Highlights of xVM Server
- An easy-to-use, open source, datacenter-grade server virtualization solution that helps companies virtualize and manage heterogeneous workloads, including Windows, Red Hat and SUSE Linux, Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems, on Sun x86 platforms.
- Has a state-of-the-art web GUI.
- Provides built-in management through a browser, enterprise-class scalability, reliability and security.
- Designed to interoperate with VMware -- uses the same virtual hard disk and virtual appliance formats, enabling customers to easily move workloads between VMware ESX and Sun xVM Server.

Highlights of xVM Ops Center 2.0
- A highly scalable datacenter automation tool that provides integrated, simplified management of virtual and physical environments, making it easier to manage thousands of geographically distributed systems simultaneously.
- Simplifies and accelerates the discovery, provisioning, updating, monitoring and reporting of physical and virtual assets, as well as compliance reporting via one unified browser-based interface.

Sun at VMWorld 2008
Sun will showcase its complete xVM portfolio at the upcoming VMworld in Las Vegas, Sept. 15-19, 2008 at booth 1108. Feel free to swing by to see demos. You can also join a panel with Sun's leading experts in virtualization on Sept. 18, 2008 at 9 a.m. at the Titan conference room (#2305) as well as a session on “Virtualizing the Desktop” on Sept. 17, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Marcello room (#4502).

For more information on Sun xVM, check out Steve Wilson's blog:

Here's a screenshot of Sun xVM Server: 

Wednesday Sep 10, 2008

Sun Expands Cross-Platform Virtualization Collaboration with Microsoft

Sun and Microsoft announced several developments this week in our work to make it easier for customers to use our software and servers together in virtual environments. We also showed off some demos at Microsoft’s 'Get Virtual Now' customer event in Bellevue, Wash. on Monday. 

Here are the highlights:

- The Sun xVM Server, a datacenter-grade hypervisor, will be validated to work with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and prior versions.
- Sun and Microsoft are working together to offer customers the Solaris OS as a certified guest on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
- Sun is providing Sun Ray thin client customers the ability to access Windows as a guest OS running on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

These announcements build on Sun’s current work with Microsoft. As a Windows Server OEM, Sun sells and supports Windows Server products on certified x64 servers and blades and offers Windows Server utilities and value-added software. Sun also provides solutions to enable major TCO savings for customers, such as Sun's Infrastructure Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server.

In addition, Sun and Microsoft plan to integrate Sun xVM Ops Center with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. This will mean that Sun customers will be able to use a single management framework to manage their choice of operating systems from Solaris and Windows to Linux as well as monitor physical and virtual environments.

Bob Kelly, Corporate Vice President of Infrastructure Server Marketing at Microsoft (right) and Lisa Sieker, Vice President of Systems Marketing at Sun Microsystems (left) celebrate the launch of the Sun-Microsoft Interoperability Center. Redmond, Wash., March 10, 2008.

Friday Oct 05, 2007

Virtualization event in Boston...

As Nicole mentioned in her post, we did Sun's virtualization strategy and roadmap discussions with press and analysts yesterday. As part of this, we held an event in Boston. Steve Wilson, VP of Sun Connected Systems, and Dan Roberts, Director of Solaris Marketing, presented  our virtualization roadmap to the local press and analysts. Here are couple of snaps from the event.

Boston Virtualization Event photo
Steve at the podium. Dan is at extreme right.

Boston Virtualization Event picture
And that's what Sun xVM Server is ... in a slide... :-)


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