Sun Microsystems, which has offered hardware-based server virtualization and Sun Solaris Container virtualization for years, late last year unveiled its hypervisor-based server virtualization strategy, called xVM. Sun's xVM uses hypervisor technology from the Xen community, which also is the base technology underlying the XenSource server virtualization technology which was acquired by Citrix earlier this year. Sun has added Solaris technology to the Xen technology in xVM to allow it to work seamlessly with other Sun technology such as ZFS and FMA (Fault Management Architecture).
Sun also unveiled its Sun xVM Ops Center. xVM Ops Center is a control and command console that unifies the management of both physical and virtual servers, including container-based and xVM hypervisor-based virtual servers. It provides end-to-end management including discovery and inventory of server assets, lights-out data center management, bare metal provisioning of operating systems, hypervisor management, application provisioning, and automated software lifecycle and updates. xVM allows the virtualization of servers based on Solaris, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
Vijay Sarathy, senior director of marketing for Sun xVM, said that the company has already released xVM Ops Center, which can manage both virtual and physical servers. "It does everything except unpacking and plugging in the servers," Sarathy said.