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Open source virtualisation - worth the wait

May 28, 2009, 12:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fred Strauss)

"With open source virtualisation, you can do pretty much anything you can do with commercial products, but with added advantages.

"The nature of the open source community means that there are hundreds of eyes that are continually assessing existing programs and bug-fixing is done properly within minimal time. Open source products are improved on an ongoing basis, providing outstanding quality from the start. The large number of developers working on open source virtualisation has not only allowed it to successfully catch up with proprietary virtualisation, but it is now surpassing it in features and performance -- and all of this is available at a lesser cost.

"A possible drawback of using proprietary virtualisation is that the virtual machines could be stored in a format that is not compatible with other software. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to switch to another virtualisation technology in the future. Virtualisation is currently a very innovative and competitive market, and vendor-lock in should be avoided."

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