XenSource has had its virtualisation products endorsed by IBM in the latter’s ServerProven certification.
The ServerProven certification is part of IBM's PartnerWorld Program and designates products as having been enabled for IBM systems and successfully deployed in a real-world production environment. When deployed on IBM x86 systems, XenSource claims its virtualisation products will enable IT departments to reduce datacentre complexity, increase manageability and resource utilisation, and reduce IT infrastructure costs.
XenSource products are designed for the virtualisation of Windows and Linux in x86 server environments and are compatible with a range of IBM servers, including IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x, running on Windows or Linux.
Key features of XenSource include “bare-metal” Windows and Linux performance leveraging the Xen paravirtualised architecture and hardware virtualisation capabilities of Intel VT and AMD V-enabled processors; automated step-by-step installers and a management toolkit, an open source model built on the Xen Hypervisor.
The company claims that because of the open source nature of Xen, new features are made available at a much faster pace than proprietary virtualisation offerings or those within operating systems projects with multi-year development cycles.
Accepting IBM’s benchmarks, anything that offers a measurable guarantee in terms of performance, manageability and dependability can only be a good thing, offering a way of ensuring protection for business investment.
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