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Sun goes full blast with Virtualization

Sun may be late to the x86 virtualization party, but Marc Hamilton, VP of Solaris marketing, is confident there's room for one more player.

Sun plans to lead its fresh virtualization charge with the xVM Server, which combines a minimized version of Solaris with the open-source Xen hypervisor. The software will support Windows, Linux, and Solaris as guest operating systems.

"For the first time, Windows guests will be able to benefit from Sun technologies like Predictive Self-Healing and ZFS which are built into the Sun xVM Server,"Hamilton noted on his blog. "Think about this scenario. You are running windows as a guest OS on Sun xVM Server using an x86 server from Sun, IBM, HP, or Dell. A memory DIMM starts to fail. Predictive Self-Healing built into the Sun xVM Server isolates the failing DIMM from the system and your Windows guest OS continues to run uninterrupted."


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