Open Source and Freely Downloadable

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-09-11 Print this article Print

The software is all open source and freely downloadable from the Sun Web site. However, there are licensing costs (see below) for various levels of enterprise support and training.

Sun also launched, a new open-source community where developers can download the first source code bundle for xVM Server software, get advice and training, and contribute to the direction and development of the product.

Additional pieces of the Sun xVM virtualization portfolio, including the xVM VirtualBox, are open source and freely available for immediate download.

"With xVM, we're now able to manage everything, from desktops to servers," Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, told the group. "We're doing it with a world-class set of partners, including AMD, CSC [a virtualization consultant], Intel and Microsoft."

Enterprise license pricing is as follows:

  • Sun xVM Server software: $500 per year per physical server.

  • Sun xVM Infrastructure Enterprise Subscription: $2,000 per physical server per year. This subscription is designed to simplify the management of large-scale virtualized environments and includes advanced features, such as management of live migration and of multiple network storage libraries.

  • Sun xVM Infrastructure Datacenter Subscription: $3,000 per server per year. This includes all the features in the Sun xVM Infrastructure Enterprise Subscription in addition to physical server monitoring, management and advanced software life cycle management capabilities.

  • Sun xVM Ops Center: from $100 per managed server up to $350 a year, depending on customer-selected features, along with a required $10,000 Satellite Server annual subscription for Sun xVM Ops Center.

    Attendees will be able to see demos of the xVM portfolio at VMworld in Las Vegas, Sept. 15-19.

    Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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