During the Virtual Thoughts podcast on 6/29/2010, the analysts discussed various hardware aspects of virtualization trying to determine if the hypervisor was to move into the hardware? and if so how much of it? as well as whose hypervisor? and lastly such a move part of any business model?
Virtual Thoughts is a monthly podcast that looks at the entire scope of virtualization to discuss new trends and thoughts within the virtualization and cloud communities.
Like all good remakes this is best served cold. After an hiatus of several months The Virutalization Practice are pleased to bring back to life the Virtual Thoughts podcast. The subject for the first program is as follows:-
Is the Hypervisor being pushed into hardware, why/why not?
So add the time and date into your calendar and join the Analysts of the The Virtualization Practice for an hour of thoughts and maybe even a little bit of insight into the dark arts that is the virtualisation world
That is Tuesday the 29th June 2010 @ 7:00pm (BST)that is 2:00pm EST and 11:00am PST
Hope to see you there!
As of Service Pack 1, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SLES) supports KVM. The bald facts are as follows. SLES 11 SP1 is based on a 2.6.32 kernel and is now full supported on x86_64 processors which support hardware virtualization, for the following guest operating systems:
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP4
We note there is no mention of other Linux guests or Windows guests. This post follows on from our previous post regarding the demise of Xen in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and perhaps suggests the beginning of the end for Xen-based virtualization in Linux, but the story is far from clear.
In a slightly strange “didn’t they already have Xen in the kernel” kind of way, Novell has certified Suse Linux Enterprise Server as a “perfect guest” running on Citrix XenServer, allowing joint support of the combined solution. The deal is asymmetric (it wouldn’t really make sense to run XenServer on SLES) but it reflects an open approach characteristic of the way Novell operates, in embracing the reality that customers will want to use one of a number of possible hypervisors, and that Novell has to get along with everyone. In return Novell is starting to push it’s PlateSpin Recon product through the Citrix channel.
I have been doing some support work for an SMB that uses VMware Server where their VMs initially started as XenServer VMs, but due to networking and some other issues where converted to VMware VMs using V2V technology. However, these suddenly stopped working properly after an upgrade to VMware Server 2.
As the year draws to a close the tendency is to both reflect upon the past and to try to anticipate what the next year is to bring. Thinking about our industry (Virtualization and Cloud Computing) in this way raises some interesting questions that are worth exploring.
Is VMware a Product?
This question more fully stated really means is VMware vSphere really over the long term a product which currently leads a new category of products, or is it destined to become a feature of some broader and more established offering? If we look back over the last few years, it is clear that VMware ESX and now vSphere have established the start of a new product category. Other products in this category include Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, Red Hat KVM, and if one goes outside of x86 virtualization, IBM Power VM.