Oracle today announced availability of Oracle VM 2.2 as well as Oracle VM Storage Connect Program that will simplify management of storage infrastructure supporting virtual environments. The new release includes the following key features:
Kernel SamePage Merging is a recent linux kernel feature which combines identical memory pages from multiple processes into one copy on write memory region. Because kvm guest virtual machines run as processes under linux, this feature provides the memory overcommit feature to kvm so important to hypervisors for more efficient use of memory. So if you need to run multiple virtual machines on a host where memory is a constraint, then KSM is your solution.
Today Redhat announced commercial support for Windows guests in a continuing effort by both Microsoft and Redhat to improve virtualization interoperability. More specifically Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 guests have been certified to run on RHEL 5.4 KVM. Conversely, RHEL 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 guests have been certified to run on Microsoft’s Hyper-V hypervisor.
With the launch of Parallels Server Bare Metal, Parallels is expanding its value proposition in the crowded virtualization marketplace. But how is its approach different from other virtualization vendors such as Citrix, Microsoft and VMware?
Today, Lanamark had the pleasure of exhibiting at interAct Partner Day and meeting with a number of channel partners delivering virtualization solutions. Mark Angelo, CEO of Lanamark, shared the stage with Rudi Lenaerts, CEO of interAct, who delivered the keynote in the afternoon. Mark Angelo also participated in the CEO roundtable and was interviewed by the IT Reseller magazine.
Lanamark today announced a partnership with Avnet Technology Solutions, a leading distributor of enterprise computing products, software and services with locations in more than 30 countries. The partnership will enable value-added resellers, system integrators and system builders working with Avnet Technology Solutions to use Lanamark Suite to accelerate design and delivery of desktop virtualisation, server virtualisation and storage solutions to enterprises in EMEA.
Last weekend kvm maintainers announced the release of version qemu-0.11.0. This release is in sync with upstream qemu release 0.11.0. If you’re using Fedora virtualization rawhide repository then this release is also available to you via a yum update. To access the latest fedora rawhide virtualization repository just follow instructions here.
The broken download links for the recently released open source Windows virtio drivers are now fixed on the official kvm wiki page. The announcement just went out a short time ago and comes from the official KVM development team. Thanks to Martin Maurer for spotting this first. If you’ve been following this release you know that the wiki link has been broken for the last couple of weeks. Give the drivers a test and post your comments.
For information on the response to Charles Phillips request for customer input on VMware, see Chad Sakac's blog. I heartily agree with Chad's comments. In addition, I will add the following point, which I think is key to the discussion.
Charles Phillips makes effectively the same statement that is contained in the metalink statement on support, i.e.: