Sun Microsystems launched the latest salvo in the virtualization wars with the release of new and upgraded tools and services around its xVM technology. Its newest offering, the Sun xVM Server 1.0, is the company's first hypervisor for data centers. The company also announced the 2.0 version of its Ops Center management software, as well as plans to provide Mac OS support in the next version of its xVM VirtualBox desktop hypervisor.
Based on the open-source Xen hypervisor, the free xVM Server software runs on Sun's SPARC platform, but also x86; it's designed to work with Sun's Solaris OS, but also with Windows, Unix and Linux. The software comes with an embedded Web server for remote management through a browser.
Speaking to reporters and analysts gathered at Sun's Menlo Park, Calif. facility for the launch, Sun's Executive Vice President of software, Rich Green, characterized virtualization as the much needed wedge between hardware and software that will solve the growing software complexity problem and provide a "uniform architecture going forward."