Looking ahead

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-11-07 Print this article Print

."> A company called XenSource Inc. was formed to productize the Xen technology, but it has yet to release any services or products. Well be interested to see if XenSource has a more mature Xen up its sleeve.

In addition, forthcoming hardware platform additions from Intel Corp. and AMD promise to enable the Xen approach to work with unmodified operating systems, such as Microsoft Corp.s Windows .

Click here to read more about Intels and AMDs virtualization plans.
For Xen truly to realize its potential, however, it will need solid participation from Linux distributors, the BSDs and Sun Microsystems Inc., which has trumpeted eventual support for Xen. The technology also requires much better packaging and integration not only for creating and running instances but also for managing them.

Senior Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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