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Sun Close with First Virtualization Code

Sun says it's got the first piece of its proposed xVM virtualization platform, the thing it says it's going to put $2b in R&D

Sun says it's got the first piece of its proposed xVM virtualization platform, the thing it says it's going to put $2 billion in R&D into and open source.

It's the xVM Ops Center, described as a highly scalable data center automation tool for managing heterogeneous environments. And it's supposed to release the code - well, at least part of the code - under the GPLv3 to the nascent OpenxVM.org it's trying to pull together ahead of commercial release January 8.

The first code drop is supposed to be its Common Agent Container (CAC) source code on December 10. It's supposed to be the "heart of the management infrastructure" for many Sun products, including Ops Center.

Sun won't open source all of the Ops Center code until sometime next quarter.

Ops Center is supposed to be good for discovery, monitoring, operating systems provisioning, comprehensive updates, patch management, firmware upgrades and hardware management in cross-platform x/86-Sparc Linux and Solaris environments.

It's supposed to scale to HPC and globally distributed environments.

Sun says Ops Center prices will start at $100 per managed server and go to $350 depending on features. It's put a $10,000 price tag on a Satellite Server subscription.

And now that Sun and its congenital enemy, IBM, are supposedly all buddy-buddy, IBM has endorsed xVM.

It happened last week when customers were shown OpenSolaris running on an IBM mainframe, roughly four months after IBM agreed to support it on its zSeries. Now it needs refining.

The code was ported by Sine Nomine Associates, an engineering firm in Virginia, by virtualizing it and uses the same interface as Linux. So that means Linux programs should run on the thing.

Like Linux, it run inside the mainframe's z/VM, which IBM reckons is the most powerful virtualization technology around. Virtualization was after all invented for the mainframe. It reportedly enables 1,000 virtual images on a single hypervisor.

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