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Virtualization shift: Prime Time for Open source?



Amy Newman, from ServerWatch reporting...

Shifting gears a bit ...

Open source virtualization options are on the rise. While Xen has long held court as the media darling, it's not alone anymore. SWsoft, the force behind the OpenVZ project, which is now the basis for Virtuozzo increased its stronghold. (Virtuozzo competes with VMware, despite taking a different approach to virtualization.)

And in related news on Monday, Qlusters announced an increase in its virtualization capabilities and Xen support for openQRM, its open source data center provisioning and management software for physical and virtual environments.

The open source license is pretty much where the similarities end, however.

openQRM is licensed under the Mozilla Public License and is designed to integrate with Xen and VMware, while OpenVZ is developing the environment itself.

"The philosophy behind the Qlusters architecture is that it is open and can integrate with components already there," Ofer Shoshan, founder and CEO of Qlusters, told ServerWatch.

As such, the latest release of openQRM is designed to enable administrators to change the memory consumption of a Xen partition on-the-fly while making it possible to add, remove and assign virtual machines to specific physical units on the host without restarting the system.


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