Progress on the xVM Server EA Program

A few weeks back, I announced the start of the xVM Server early access program.  The response has been outstanding.  To date, we've received well over 200 requests to be part of the program  -- this is a far greater number than I'd expected!  Since we've seen so much interest in this, I thought I'd give you an update on progress.

Starting a few weeks ago, we started working with several customers using an engineering build of the software called Iteration 11.  We're using a (mostly) agile development methodology where we do new iterations approximately every two weeks.  Right now we're working on Iteration 12 and we'll be doing a couple of revisions on this to get it really stable for our demonstrations at VMWorld (more about that later).

We have recieved really useful feedback from our first group of early access customers.  We found things they liked (the new web UI, the VMDK virtual hard disk support, the ability to support a wide range of guest OS instances) and we also found problems (some issues with install and guest creation, as well as some performance issues).  We want to get out a full public version of xVM Server as soon as we can, but we want to make sure people have a really good experience, so the engineers have been working like crazy to address some of these issues (I owe the teams working on this stuff more than I can possibly say -- they're amazing).

Starting this week, we will be selecting some additional customers from the list of responders to join the EA program.  Expanding this to get more feedback as quickly as we can is really important.  Thanks to all of you who have participated in the program so far, and to all of you who've requested to participate.  If you'd like to register to be part of the EA and receive notices on the upcoming release, please do send mail to: xvm-server-ea-request@sun.com.  I expect to be saying more about about dates for the end game on xVM Server next week, so stay tuned for more.

Comments:

Hey Steve,

Great news. I was wondering what was happening.
Can't wait to play with xVM Server.

Best Regards,
Edward O'Callaghan.

Posted by EdwardOCallaghan on September 01, 2008 at 11:00 AM PDT #

Very interesting. Looking forward to more updates from you, as I'm surprised there wasn't a larger response to the early access program.

Here's a question for you though: I'm not sure if I read this as a capability, but has there been testing of server to server "v-motion"-esque transfer/backup functionality? That seems to be one thing I look forward to hearing about more.

If its been mentioned many times over before, my apologies! I'll need to read/remember more. ;)

Posted by Tom on September 02, 2008 at 12:10 AM PDT #

Great news! Is there a way to provision GlassFish with xVM?

Posted by Nazrul on September 02, 2008 at 02:40 AM PDT #

Pricing information, please??

Posted by Tom on September 08, 2008 at 03:35 AM PDT #

Any idea on a release date ?

Posted by Tony on September 09, 2008 at 10:16 PM PDT #

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