Introducing the xVM Portfolio
By user12601629 on Sep 10, 2008
Today is a big day. We're having our marketing launch for xVM Server 1.0 and xVM Ops Center 2.0 today -- prior to next week's VMworld conference where we'll be demo'ing these two products live for the first time. With these two products, we will have a portfolio of uniquely capable technology that span desktop to data center.
I've seen a huge amount of interest in xVM Server since I first discussed the start of our early access program here, and people have asked a lot of questions. Here are some quick answers.
Q1: What's the pricing?
A1: xVM Server will be available under an open source license and there will be a no-strings-attached binary build that users can download and run in production for as long as they wish. There will be a commercial "software subscription" available that includes support, patches, and some additional training materials that customers may purchase from Sun. That is priced at $500 / year per physical machine (up to four CPU sockets).
Q2: What's the licensing?
A2: xVM Server is comprised of several open source components, and some have different source licenses, but the bulk of the code specific to xVM Server (including the all-new management UI) is being distributed through xvmserver.org under GPL v3.
Q3: What's the timeline?
A3: We started early access testing with a limited number of customers last month. As of today we're increasing the number in the EA program and selected several additional customers already from those who have registered. For those who've registered for the early access (hundreds so far) you should expect to recieve a note from me in the next few days with more details on the program. We're aiming for a generally available binary EA release from xvmserver.org in about 30 days and a release candidate (for final testing by the community) within 60 days.
I may blog more here this afternoon if I survive the launch webcast. Tune in at 9am pacific to watch how we do! It's going to be a busy day. Wish me luck, I need to drive four live demos on stage in front of a studio audience!