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LinuxPlanet: Virtualization Gets A Grip In 2006

Jan 01, 2007, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"When it comes to Linux servers, a few months can make a whole lot of difference. Earlier this year, Red Hat, Novell, and most major Linux vendors were doing their best to fend off Windows Virtualized Server by getting their own virtualization offerings out the door first. But now, as part of a multifaceted deal unveiled in November, Novell and its former competitor Microsoft each plan to "optimize" their servers to work best on one another's VM (virtual machine) platforms.

"Of all the features being introduced into Linux server technology, virtualization stands out as one of the most significant, due to its growing pervasiveness as well as the opportunity it provides Linux for becoming a more dominant player in the data center.

"Depending on how it's implemented, virtualization can allow multiplatform applications to be run off of a single, underlying operating environment. Beyond Windows, Sun's Solaris also presents competition to Linux as an underlying environment..."

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