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Xensource gets faster; dishes out embedded hypervisor

The hype for virtualization may be reaching a fever pitch, but market penetration remains at a high-ball figure of only about 7 per cent. The aim now falls squarely on selling in volume, so it's not a surprise to see the market eyeballing OEM vendors.

Rumors have blown about virtualization leader VMware prepping a "light" edition of its ESX Server hypervisor, which would run directly within a server's firmware. There have even been inklings it may be shown as soon as next week at VMworld.

But XenSource is jumping that potential announcement by unveiling XenExpress OEM Edition. This new flavor of Xen will allow server makers to pre-install the hypervisor on a disk drive or flash memory — configured specifically for the machine —and ready to run on a x64 system out of the box.

"It's a completely hidden component," said XenSource CTO Simon Crosby. "You buy a server, apply power to the box, and it will come up with a bunch of BIOSes. The whole thing is extremely simple and easy to administer."

The package comes with XenExpress V4, Xen's gratis version of the hypervisor that supports two sockets with up to 4GB of RAM, and hosts up to four virtual machines. Of course, it can be upgraded to the server or enterprise versions of Xen for the usual licensing cost.



Well Simon, its great news and congrats for that! Here's the news.

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