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Virtualization Review Mag Rolling Along

The second issue of Virtualization Review, our newest magazine, is now out. Our first issue walked through the major platforms, VMware, Microsoft and Citrix/Xen.

We even had a killer preview of Hyper-V written by virtualization star Chris Wolf. This puppy is going to change the virtualization market forever once it ships this summer.

Our second issue was even better. Here we focused on the major hardware players -- IBM (which invented virtualization in the '60s), HP, Sun and Dell.

Here's the quick-and-dirty: IBM has the most complex strategy. It has hypervisors -- either home-grown or third-party -- for everything from mainframes, to the Power6-based System p, to industry-standard rack and blade servers. On top of all that, it has a wealth of proprietary management and storage tools.

HP is similar to IBM in that is has proprietary management and storage tools. But it doesn't make its own hypervisor.

Sun has been doing virtualization in one form or another for many, many years. Now it's pushing its own hypervisor and a new virtualization management platform. Both of these are open source, as Sun will tell you again and again (and again).

Dell is the simplest of the four. It sells industry-standard hardware equipped with third-party software. 'Nuff said!

Posted by Doug Barney on June 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM