Microsoft and XenSource to Develop Interoperability for Windows Server Virtualization
Posted Jul 19, 2006 13:35 UTC (Wed) by mepr
In reply to: Microsoft and XenSource to Develop Interoperability for Windows Server Virtualization
Parent article: Microsoft and XenSource to Develop Interoperability for Windows Server Virtualization
The article says that the idea is compatibility. Longhorn will run under xen, and xen hosts will run under longhorn. This actually sounds like an article that was written here a little while ago stating that the various linux-based vm groups were trying to standardize on a virtualization api. VMWare had proposed one, and other groups were variously thrilled or unhappy with it. Some other groups had proposed their own API. It is possible that microsoft is going to conform to the xen standard. In that case, this can be interpreted as a very shrewd move. Defacto standards are the source of a great many "standards". Teaming with MS probably wont hurt the API's chances.
The caveat is that the article says MS will run under "XenEnterprise". I wonder, does this mean that it will not run under the GPL version of Xen?
In regards to being a response to VMWare competition, MS is basically being forced to compete with them because of the new virtualization technology being built into the new intel processors and in the next generation AMD processors. VMWare has already released product versions that use VT-E, and it is good enough that quite a number of large businesses are already most of their servers virtualized. They have to respond.
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