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Virtual Iron: Was I wrong?

David writes:

I don't know where you are getting this information. I have no affiliatian with Virtual Iron. I have this product running in my shop. I also have XenSource and VMware.

This is what Virtual Iron product does:

1. It is FULL VIRTUALIZATION RUNNING on BARE METAL WITHOUT ANY HOST OS. Where did you get an idea that it needs a HOST OS? It runs on top of Xen hypervisor.
2. It is FREE FOR A SINGLE SERVER with up to 4 SOCKETS, where each socket can have have up to 4 CORES. That is 16 CPUS in one BOX. Some restriction!
3. Plus they throw in a FREE VirtualCenter like console with the FREE NO RESTRICTION SINGLE SERVER VERSION.

Yes, they have a paid for version, but that one is for managing multiple servers.

Please check your facts before you post or better get their product (FOR FREE) and try it for yourself.


Well I believe you as you have it running in your production. I have already downloaded (both for Windows/Linux option). I still am looking for the bare metal option. I'll look again on the site. This indeed puts Virtual Iron ahead of the ESX in terms of the pricing. A free virtual center like console is something very crucial for users. And 4 socket free version is something also cool.

Actually you have just given me a good idea. My SMP DL 380 box's was running ESX 3.0 version and I'd like to see what Virtual Iron has to offer since my VMTN license has ceased to exist. It was never so flexible anyways.

I too am not affiliated to any group. I like VMware's product because they perform better. They offer tools that make sense and develop tools that can be seen as addendums to my needs. See Converter , the new WorkStation. Having said that does not mean that other Virtualization vendors do not have the ability to dish out good products.

I also have a couple of LH 6000 boxes and I sure will evaluate and will start talking about it from next week onwards.


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