Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Jul 2006 11:52 UTC, submitted by Patrik Buckau
OSNews, Generic OSes "Microsoft and XenSource today announced they will cooperate on the development [.pdf] of technology to provide interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and the new Microsoft Windows hypervisor technology-based Windows Server virtualization. With the resulting technology, the next version of Windows Server, code-named 'Longhorn', will provide customers with a flexible and powerful virtualization solution across their hardware infrastructure and operating system environments for cost-saving consolidation of Windows, Linux and Xen-enabled Linux distributions."
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RE: Xen and Windows
by searly on Tue 18th Jul 2006 15:47 UTC in reply to "Xen and Windows"
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2006-02-27

Do i understand rightly then, that all three, VMWare, Xen, and Microsoft Windows hypervisor technology are trying to do the same thing. The difference that MS has no interrest in allowing other host Os's, whereas XEN is interrested in running on any host, for Windows on top of Microsoft Windows hypervisor technology, rather than "native" XEN enabled Kernel. And if so couldn't there be a problem in the future for Linux if the implementation of Windows on top of XEN is not as stable and performant? Is XENSource therefore helping to make Windows hypervisor technology XEN compatible? So rather than developing it's own Windows version of XEN (like VMWare) you are using existing Windows hypervisor technology.

What is the real benefit of that? Hasn't XEN already got great market share by running on top of Linux and Unix (as there are more linux and Unix servers out there, as far as i know.) And as far as i under stand it more or less is now accepted as a new standard and endorsed by most big OS providers (Novell, Sun, red hat ...)

Edited 2006-07-18 15:51

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