Tuesday Jun 17, 2008

Running Windows in xVM Server

Last week, Microsoft quietly announced a new program called the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).  The program is designed to ensure that Windows-based virtual machines run well and are fully supported when operating inside a certified Hypervisor.  Sun has been working closely with Microsoft to certify xVM Server for some time, and we see it as a really positive step.  By ensuring that our mutual customers can run Windows with confidence inside xVM Server, we believe it will enhance customer's ability to build heterogeneous virtualized environements hosting multiple operating systems.

Expect to see more discussion on this in the coming months as we roll out xVM Server.


Monday Mar 10, 2008

Sun xVM and Hyper-V

A big part of the xVM story is all the work we're putting into optimizing it to run Windows.  Part of how we're doing this is working directly with Microsoft.  As part of those efforts, today we announced a really cool joint lab we build with Microsoft in Redmond.  You can take a look at some of the press coverage on that below.

Wednesday Jun 20, 2007

Microsoft does (NOT) get Virtualization

Wow!  This whole topic of Microsoft and Virtualization never ceases to amaze me.  A few months back I talked about how Microsoft and Apple were missing the Virtualization Cluetrain.  Well, Microsoft looked like they were about to get on board, and then hopped right back off!  It appeared they were finally going to lift the goofy license restrictions the prevent users from running Vista inside a VM, but then the flipped right back around -- leaving them well outside of Clueville.  Do you think they'll ever get it, or are they going to continue to fight this?  Only time will tell.


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