Virtual Iron, XenSource to Unveil Xen 3.0 Products at LinuxWorld
The companies view Xen 3.0 as their key to competing with virtualization giant VMware.Virtual Iron Software and XenSource plan to rely on Xen 3.0 as their key to competing with virtualization giant VMware. At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo this week in Boston, both companies were slated to unveil products based on the open-source virtualization technology. Virtual Iron this summer will release for beta testing Version 3 of its namesake virtualization and management platform, moving it off its proprietary hypervisor and onto Xen 3.0. Officials with the Lowell, Mass., company said the combination of Xen and on-chip virtualization technology from Advanced Micro Devices and Intel will enable them to offer a product that gives users the same functionality as VMware technology but at a lower price.
"Theres not an account that VMware hasnt sold into," said Mike Grandinetti, vice president and chief marketing officer for Virtual Iron. "Theyre everywhere. But what weve been hearing repeatedly [from customers] is, Boy, Id love to have an alternative."