VMware to support paravirtualised Linux systems in future releases


VMware to support paravirtualised Linux systems in future releases

Tash Shifrin

Infrastructure software firm VMware is planning to develop modified Linux and Solaris x86 operating systems in future releases of its virtual infrastructure platform products.

Paravirtualised Linux operating systems are modified systems that have been optimised to run in a virtual environment.

VMware would support paravirtualised Linux operating systems as they became adopted in commercial distributions, across its Workstation, GSX Server and ESX Server platforms, the company announced at the Linuxworld conference in San Francisco. It was also adding support for the Solaris x86 operating system.

By supporting both unmodified and paravirtualised Linux it would offer customers the widest choice of x86-based operating systems, the company said.

Businesses with mixed environments could now deploy any combination of Linux, Netware, Solaris x86 and Windows across the same VMware virtualisation platform for greater efficiency.

Jeffrey Engelmann, executive vice-president of marketing at VMware, said, "With more options available, customers can transition a larger portion of their datacentre workloads to a virtual infrastructure and thereby benefit from the proven ROI of a virtual operating environment."

The company is also working with several major IT firms including AMD, BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco, Computer Associates International, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, and Red Hat to advance open hypervisor standards.

Open hypervisor standards

Collaboration around open hypervisor standards is expected to focus on the following areas of interoperability and performance optimisation for virtualised environments:

lCross-platform frameworks that govern the standardised operation and management of standalone virtual machine environments as well as highly dynamic, datacentre-scale deployment of virtualised systems

Co-operative virtualisation APIs between hypervisors and guest operating systems

Virtual machine formats that enable virtual machine migration and recovery across platforms.

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