"Free" Hypervisor Options
By user12601629 on May 03, 2009
Since my last post where I described that the xVM Server product is being bundled into xVM Ops Center, I got a lot of questions about whether this means there's no truly open source option for hypervisors from Sun. Of course, first there is VirtualBox. There have been over 10,000,000 downloads of VirtualBox and it keeps getting better and better. However, lots of people are clearly interested in a type-1, bare-metal hypervisor that supports features like multi-CPU guests and migration.
One great option for people that want a completely open source type-1 hypervisor is the xVM hypervisor that's included in every copy of OpenSolaris. This is the same hypervisor that's at the core of xVM Server, but it's exposed as a feature of the OS instead of as a managed appliance -- all the same base capabilities are there. It can be a little tricky to get started with xVM hypervisor if you don't have exposure to this style of product. However, Paul Telles recently put up a couple of blog entries that show everything you need in order to get the hypervisor installed at get your first Windows VM running inside:
Check it out!