Sun xVM and Microsoft: Buddies
By Owen Allen on Sep 09, 2008
Some of you may know that Sun and Microsoft haven't always gotten along. We've had disagreements, a lawsuit or two, and once, a promise never to permit Windows on our hardware.
Well, at this point it's safe to say that that's water mostly under the bridge. Earlier this year, Sun and Microsoft announced that they were collaborating to make sure that our virtualization products could interact. We're starting to see some of the products of that collaboration: With Microsoft's announcement that Hyper-V will be free soon came the news that Sun xVM Server will be going through Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation program for Windows Server 2008 (and previous versions). This means that both Sun and Microsoft will make sure that Windows Server runs smoothly on Sun xVM Server. Sun and Microsoft are also making sure that Hyper-V can have Solaris guests.
We also announced, with the Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0 release, that it can support Microsoft's VHD format. And you can expect more information about how Sun xVM will be able to work with Microsoft's offerings during the Sun xVM Virtualization Portfolio announcement tomorrow at 9:00 PST.
So, on the whole, we've come a long way in terms of mending fences with Microsoft.
We're still cooler, though.