In a bid to wrest the virtualisation initiative from VMware by setting a new price point for virtualisation, Virtual Iron has launched version 3.0 of its virtualisation system.
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The product is available in three editions: Professional Edition, which supports partitioning and basic management of a single virtualised node and is available at no charge; Consolidation Edition, which supports server partitioning and basic management for multi-server configuration and support; and Enterprise Edition, which enables server partitioning for multi-server configuration and is said to offer advanced management capabilities for rapid provisioning, high availability, disaster recovery, workload management and policy-based automation.
Virtual Iron 3.0 combines virtualisation and management capabilities with the open source hypervisor derived from the Xen project. Virtual Iron says that its solutions deliver a cost-effective alternative to VMware’s proprietary virtualisation offering for unmodified Linux and Windows operating systems.
The company believes that enterprises will use Virtual Iron’s software to address a number of datacentre initiatives including: server consolidation to increase hardware utilisation while reducing capital expenditures; rapid provisioning to minimise operational expenditures; high availability to recover from failures; capacity management for operational efficiency; policy-based automation to reduce manual intervention.
As part of its operation Virtual Iron 3.0 requires hardware-assisted virtualisation from AMD and Intel. Namely, the virtualised nodes must be either Intel Xeon 5000 or 7000 series; Intel Core 2 Duo E6000 series; Intel Pentium D-900 series; AMD Opteron 2200 or 8200 series.
Virtual Iron recommends users make sure their hardware meets this requirement before downloading the software.