Organisations preparing to move to virtual environments will find broader options in 2007 as competitors to market leader VMware emerge with enhanced, enterprise-ready offerings.
One example is XenSource, which has formally unveil a handful of products that range from free software to an enterprise-calibre package that includes management tools and support for both and Windows virtual machines.
XenSource, which was formed to provide commercial support for the open source Xen virtualisation software, introduced XenEnterprise a little over a month ago. By hooking into virtualisation capabilities built into new processors from Intel and AMD, XenEnterprise can support both Windows and Linux virtual machines. Previously, XenEnterprise only ran Linux.
In addition to XenEnterprise, XenSource is introducing XenServer for Windows server environments and is joining both VMware and Microsoft by rolling out a free offering, XenExpress. Virtual Iron has also introduced a free virtualisation package and XenSource executives say all three products are built on the same architecture, enabling users to easily move among the products.
Each runs on any x86 hardware, although organisations looking for Windows support must run the software on new virtualisation-enabled x86 machines.
The products support Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server and Debian.