The Virtualisation Wars
There was a recent announcement that Microsoft and Xensource would be cooperating. I never understood what this was actually going to give us all. Yes, The Register has an analysis of this announcement and frankly it makes some sense to me. I’m a user of VMWare server and run a SunFire v20z (AMD64) server running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server v9 with VMWare Server which hosts SBS 2003 Premium Ed for customer demos, which works like a charm!
I tried to use Virtual PC but it just wasn’t intuitive as to how to set up the guest OS and I just couldn’t find any useful documentation, so I just gave up! On the otherhand VMWare Server is just so simple to set up, I could get my 6 year old son to do it, blindfolded and with one arm tied behind his back! Okay, may be not that easy but get the point! Just look at the image to see the range of guest OSes it can support.
I’m sticking with VMWare Server for now, although I think Xen looks interesting and as I’m an OpenSUSE 10.1 user as well (and it comes as part of that distribution), then I respect its open source background.
The fightback has started from VMWare!