Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Virtualization ready for serious tire kicking...

With Red Hat's announcement, Xen based virtualization is now available pretty much anywhere you'd want to use it. In addition to many/most variants of Linux, Solaris also is enabled for use in Xen's domain 0. There is still some work to do in mainline with paravirt_ops to make any linux kernel easily or trivially configurable for use as a domU (guest) operating system but most of the work for paravirt_ops initial uses is complete.

For those looking to consolidate workloads, test new environments, rapidly prototype new workloads, and perhaps even experiment with application containers, this is a good time to do so. From here on out, virtualization should just get easier and easier to use on Linux.

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