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20 February 2008, 18:23

Sun releases management software for virtualised data centres

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Text: Sun Microsystems has released xVM Ops Center, a management tool for datacentres using Sun's xVM Server. The supplier of hardware and software announced the release of its own Sun xVM virtualisation platform at Oracle World in mid-November. Both the management tool and the xVM Server are open source software.

The x86 version of xVM Server is based on the free Xen hypervisor, while the SPARC version used Sun's own LDOM (Logical Domains) hypervisor technology. xVM can run Linux, Solaris and Windows guest operating systems. xVM Ops Center runs under Solaris or Linux.

The tool allows server and client systems to be installed automatically and their software to be inventoried and updated, with patch management tools for Solaris, Red Hat and Suse Linux. The list of key functions is rounded out by a system monitoring component and compliance tools.

Sun provides the Ops Center for free under the GPLv3, but also offers a commercial version of the management software with support at a cost of between $100 and $350 per year. For a satellite server subscription including installation and on-location training, Sun charges $10,000. But you will have to wait a bit longer for the xVM Server release. It will be available officially in the second quarter of 2008.


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