Monday Apr 28, 2008

Steve Wilson keeps on rolling

Given how hard he works, I don't know where Steve Wilson finds the time to keep giving interviews about Sun xVM. Yet somehow, he manages. He spoke to eweek recently about Sun xVM's role in the future of virtualization.

One of the things that's interesting to me is the perception that the virtualization space is crowded and difficult to break into. Steve dispels this notion by pointing out that, for instance, less than 10 percent of x86 servers are currently running a hypervisor. That leaves a lot of room for growth, and with Sun xVM Server and Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 on the horizon, Sun is well-positioned to grow in that space.

Another interesting idea that Steve brings up is Sun's attitude about customer choice. When he mentions that VMware is our largest competitor in the virtualization space, the interviewer asks why we're partnering with them. The answer is that we don't want to force customers to choose our products. Whatever a customer gets from us, be it hardware, software, or an operating system, we want it to work well with their existing gear.

I could keep paraphrasing Steve's ideas about Sun xVM, but I'm sure you're better off looking at the interview itself.

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