Introducing the xVM Portfolio

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!

Comments:

Is there an xVM server bare-metal verion available for free?

Posted by thx on September 10, 2008 at 03:13 AM PDT #

I would ask that Sun please not charge for patches, since these would likely be for security, improvements, etc.

Please consider offering the above-mentioned training materials on an a la carte pricing basis as well as part of the overall support option??

What will be the support for OVF VMs and VMware VMDK VMs and Microsoft VHD VMs??

Thank you, Tom

Posted by Tom on September 10, 2008 at 03:21 AM PDT #

You often said in the Video that this all is completely free of charge, beside support and so, so why could i only download VDI as a 60 day trial version for free?

Posted by Florian Manschwetus on September 10, 2008 at 05:51 AM PDT #

I've read somewhere that xVM Server would be hosting paravirtualized drivers for Windows guest OS in order to improve performance on I/O and network access etc. Is this still true? In that case it would rival the performance of fully paravirtualized guest OS like Linux on Xen. xVM Server IS Xen based, right?

After all that is the main reason I have been postponing my virtualization plans for our IT structure for a long time, to be able to run both Windows and Linux guest OS at really good speeds with xVM Server.

Thanks, Kristian

Posted by Kristian Jörg on September 10, 2008 at 04:40 PM PDT #

@Kristian yes, we'll be delivering PV drivers for Windows, as well as Solaris 10.

Posted by Steve Wilson on September 11, 2008 at 12:54 AM PDT #

I'm a bit confused by the release of the xVM Server product. I was under the impression that this would be released I guess as a bare metal hypervisor, which is in effect it's own operating system, very similar to ESX Server.

Is xVM Server in the future going to be a bare metal hypervisor, which essentially can be installed as an operating system, with solaris 10 (or 11) as it's control domain? I'm guessing that this early release is mainly for the source code...

Thanks.

Posted by Steve on September 11, 2008 at 08:09 AM PDT #

On question to Q1: What's the pricing?

Will there be Sun System Service Plans for Sun Hardware with xVM Server as they are available for Solaris ?

http://www.sun.com/service/serviceplans/sunspectrum/index.jsp

Posted by Thorleif Wiik on September 15, 2008 at 08:05 PM PDT #

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