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[News] Virtualisation and Linux in Good Lead

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The Future of Virtualization: Six Predictions

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| A full range of offerings must be available.  These will largely run on Linux 
| as it is much more prevalent in this space. 


Xen: The startup in Citrix clothing

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| It's not the only open source hypervisor, though. Red Hat has been talking of 
| the advantages of KVM, having bought Qumranet, its creator. Among other 
| things, they say it will have long-term benefits from being integrated 
| upstream with the Linux kernel.   
| [Xen:] KVM is an add-on to the Linux kernel. It's hosted, not a true Type 1 
| hypervisor. It can never be a true Type 1 hypervisor [a Type 1 hypervisor 
| runs on the bare metal of the server, while a Type 2 hypervisor is hosted on 
| an operating system. Both VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V are Type 1 
| hypervisors].    
| With KVM you have the whole of Linux in the trusted layer. That includes 
| device drivers and so on. And that is bad. 
| We also have broader support. You don't have to have Linux to run Xen. It 
| runs on Solaris or BSD. KVM requires Linux. 


Quote for the day:

"The major reason for this is: to combat [Netscape] we have to position the
browser as “going away” and do deeper integration on Windows. The stronger way
to communicate this is to have a “new release” of Windows and make a big deal
out of it. We will thus position Memphis as “Windows 98". IE integration will
be the most compelling feature of Memphis."

                                --Paul Maritz, vice-president Microsoft


VMware denies Microsoft gained market share at its expense

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| VMware Inc. officials have objected to an assertion by IDC that VMware has
| lost some of its industry-leading market share to Microsoft Corp., claiming
| instead that Microsoft's new Hyper-V product has barely made a dent in sales
| in the short time it's been available.
| [....]
| DiPetrillo accused IDC of basing the 23% figure on OEMs' unit shipments, but
| this does not appear to be true. The IDC survey did examine OEM vendors,
| including Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., that offer servers that have
| already been virtualized. But that was a separate comparison, and there's no
| indication in IDC's report that the VMware/Microsoft market share comparison
| was limited to OEM sales. IDC analyst Brett Waldman explained IDC's
| methodology in a phone interview Wednesday, saying the analyst firm
| determined market share by surveying more than 2,500 virtualization users
| from 35 countries, examining public filings and having conversations with
| vendors.  IDC's user survey looked at all new server virtualization licenses,
| regardless of whether they were sold through



MS struggles to discredit Linux

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| What's cheaper than an OS you can buy outright once and install on every PC
| in your shop -- and upgrade cost-free for eternity to boot? Why, a slew of
| cheesy licenses for Microsoft Windows, 'Doze Division VP Brian Valentine
| claims in his latest cheerleading effort for his sales associates.
| That's right; a putatively independent analysis by 'we'll-conclude-anything'
| whores DH Brown is going to rip Linux a new one and find that Windows is
| actually cheaper. How Valentine knows this is anyone's guess. Perhaps he has
| a mole in the Brown organization as good as the one we have in his. Or
| perhaps MS simply paid for it. We don't know.
| It also appears that MS has bought off a number of Linux/Sun 'insiders' whose
| job it will be to explain to the sales team how to pitch the illusory
| advantages of Windows to unsuspecting IT managers. "Dumber people can run
| Windows" is the best advert I personally can come up with, though this is
| without the benefit of expensive analysts and turncoat 'insiders' to feed me
| intriguing tidbits.


Microsoft urges resellers to play it straight, beef up revs

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| Microsoft has claimed that each dollar it “loses” to software piracy equals
| $5.50 in “lost opportunities” to the firm’s channel partners.
| A Microsoft-sponsored white paper (pdf) released by IT analyst house IDC
| yesterday highlights the effects of copyright infringement on the software
| ecosystem across the tech industry.
| [...]
| The BSA has claimed that the value of just PC software that was counterfeited
| in 2007 was close to $50bn worldwide.

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