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Sun Makes Virtual Play

Sun has been pretty sassy as of late. Even though Scott McNealy is no longer running things day-to-day, the company is still trying new things, pushing utility computing, Java, open source, supercomputing and virtualization.

On the last front, Sun is fully supporting Xen, now owned by Citrix. Sun is building its own hypervisor, which is really an extension of the Xen tool. Sun's goal is to create a hypervisor that works great in heterogenous environments.

Xen is also getting support from Linux vendors and IBM (especially through its System p servers). If you thought VMware totally owned virtualization, Xen may have another thing coming!

Here's what research firm Nemertes has to say about the Sun move (at least a brief excerpt).

Posted by Doug Barney on October 15, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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