XenSource announced XenExpress OEM Edition last week, and market leader VMware this week is announcing VMware ESX Server 3i at its VMworld conference. The products run from flash memory built into a server instead of being installed on the hard drive.
The embedded versions aren't just a fantasy. VMware has partnerships with IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Network Appliance. "We expect them to begin integrating ESX Server 3i into their servers later this year or early next," a VMware representative said.
"With virtualization, where you can run any operating system on top, it seems a lot more logical that it would be effectively a layer sitting on top of a server. Why wouldn't it be supplied with the server?"
--Gordon Haff, analyst, Illuminata
Likewise, XenSource has a partnership with a tier-one server company that will use its software, but XenSource won't announce which company until 30 days from now, said Chief Technology Officer Simon Crosby.
Stephen @ZDnet muses here.
PS: OK enough, I got a plane to catch, blog later!