Friday May 01, 2009

Steve returns

Steve Wilson put a post up yesterday about the whole Sun xVM Portfolio, which I'd recommend. In addition to discussion of Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0 and 2.1, he talks about Sun xVM Server, which I know we've been quiet about for a while. So have a look.

Wednesday Dec 03, 2008

What is Sun xVM Server?

I realized recently that the different products in the Sun xVM portfolio might start to blend together after a while. I mean, they're meant to work together, but we haven't talked about what features are stand-alone and what aren't. So I'll start by talking about what Sun xVM Server does - by itself, and in combination with Sun xVM Ops Center.

Sun xVM Server is an x86/x64 hypervisor based on OpenSolaris and the work of the Xen community. It's Type 1, so it's installed on bare metal, and it includes the framework for managing guests (our term for virtual machines) and a web server which produces the browser user interface (BUI).

Once Sun xVM Server is available (soon), you'll be able to download and install it. Getting it up and running takes us an hour, but that could vary based on your hardware. Once it's up and running, you have several options for guests - Windows, Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Red Hat. It can also import existing VMware appliances. It supports both hardware-assisted virtualization and paravirtualization, and can generally handle as many active guests as you've got memory and space for. You can manage the Sun xVM Server and all of its guests from any browser through the BUI.

If your environment is larger scale, then Sun xVM Ops Center - our datacenter management tool - can be used with Sun xVM Server. You can use Sun xVM Ops Center to combine multiple Sun xVM Servers into Virtual Pools, which let you migrate guests between Sun xVM Servers. Virtual Pools can also be set to automatically load-balance your Sun xVM Servers or move guests to another system in the case of a hardware failure.

That's the short version, at least. There's a video demo that may be helpful as well. If you have any Sun xVM Server questions, ask away. I'll follow up with similar explanations of the other products in the portfolio.

Edit: If you're interested in getting your hands on Sun xVM Server as soon as possible, you can sign up for early access by sending an email to They'll add you to the list and hook you up with an ISO.

Monday Nov 17, 2008

The Roadshow Returns

The xVM Roadshow is coming to the other half of the US!

In this case, 'other half' refers to states east of Colorado. The full schedule is below; click a city to register there:

  • December 9 in Burlington, MA
  • December 9 in Houston, TX
  • December 10 in Dallas, TX
  • December 10 in New York City, NY
  • December 11 in Austin, TX
  • December 11 in Somerset, NJ


  • January 27 in Chicago, IL
  • January 28 in Albany, NY
  • January 29 in Hartford, CT
  • February 3 in Indianapolis, IN
  • February 4 in Cincinnati, OH
  • February 5 in Memphis, TN
  • February 10 in Detroit, MI
  • February 11 in Cleveland, OH
  • February 12 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • February 17 in King of Prussia, PA
  • February 18 in McLean, VA
  • February 19 in Raleigh, NC
  • February 24 in Atlanta, GA
  • February 25 in Tampa, FL
  • February 26 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    The schedule for this leg of the roadshow will be the same as the earlier leg - Demos and Q&A running from 10 until 12, followed by lunch and a raffle. They're showing off the whole Sun xVM portfolio. If it's anything like the one that I went to out west, it'll be pretty informative.

  • Friday Oct 17, 2008

    The xVM Roadshow Report

    I dropped in on the xVM Roadshow yesterday in Broomfield, and I found out a few things.

    Celia Cattani, who's one of the sales folks for the Western U.S. and Canada, put the whole event together and lead the discussion. (That's why the roadshow is only a Western-US thing sofar; Hopefully the rest of the world will follow soon.) She introduced the portfolio, and then kicked off demos of each product.

    One of the interesting things was that, in the demos for both Sun xVM VirtualBox and Sun xVM Server, they created a guest. In both cases, it was a wizard with a few steps, and was done in a couple minutes.


    I was also surprised by some of Sun xVM VDI's capabilities. I've been using it on a SunRay for a while, but I didn't know it could be used through a browser. I'll have to get one of the Sun xVM VDI writers to talk about it on the blog.

    Another interesting thing is that either my camera stinks, or I'm a terrible photographer. I suspect both.

    The Sun xVM Ops Center demo was pretty cool, although it's hard to give a tool like Sun xVM Ops Center a demo in a few minutes.

    The audience also had quite a number of questions. I'll be posting those as well, but they'll get their own post.

    Thursday Oct 02, 2008

    The xVM Roadshow

    So, you probably saw Steve's announcement about the xVM Roadshow. Basically, we're taking the product info sessions and demos that we did at VMworld and showing them off across the country. Here's the tour schedule:

  • Wednesday, October 8 in Santa Clara, CA
  • Thursday, October 9 in Sacramento, CA
  • Wednesday, October 15 in Phoenix, AZ
  • Thursday, October 16 in Broomfield, CO
  • Tuesday, October 28 in San Diego, CA
  • Wednesday, October 29 in Irvine, CA
  • Thursday, October 30 in El Segundo, CA
  • Wednesday, December 10 in Dallas, TX
  • Thursday, December 11 in Austin, TX
  • I thought I'd let you know what you can expect to see if you register. (They're filling up quickly, so register soon if you want a seat.) The demos themselves run from 10 to 12. Here's the daily schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Overview of the Sun xVM Platform Portfolio
  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - xVM Ops Center Demo
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Summary, Q&A
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch and Raffle
  • Unless something goes horribly wrong, I'll be at the one in Broomfield. So if you aren't able to make any of them, I'll tell you all about it and post pictures of any raffle prizes that I win.

    Friday Sep 19, 2008

    The open-source side of Sun xVM

    I realized that I mentioned yesterday but didn't tell you what it's for.

    Over on, the efforts to open-source parts of Sun xVM have been ramping up (as we've gotten more parts that can be open-sourced). With the announcement of Sun xVM Server, they've started a new site,, which unsurprisingly is devoted to information about open-source xVM Server information. There's a schedule of when their 'milestone events', like code drops, will be taking place. And is where the project, and the code, actually sit.

    So have a look. Like they say, it takes a community to raise an open-source hypervisor.

    Friday Aug 29, 2008

    All of your questions answered

    Some folks here at Sun have put together a white paper giving a high-level overview of Sun xVM and how it all fits together. If you're curious about the bigger picture for Sun xVM, and how Sun xVM Ops Center, Sun xVM Server, Sun xVM VDI, and Sun xVM VirtualBox fit together, it's a good read.

    If you still have questions after looking at the whitepaper, you can also take a look at the newly expanded Sun Virtualization page. There are webinars for Sun xVM Ops Center, too.

    And if that doesn't answer all of your questions, then let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.

    This blog provides news and insights about Sun's xVM products, including Sun xVM Ops Center and Sun xVM Server.


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