Virtualization at Novell: An Intro
By Justin Steinman
Welcome to the Novell Virtualization blog, a new blog designed to facilitate an ongoing and open conversation between Novell and our customers, partners, developers and the broader community around one of the hottest topics in IT today – virtualization.
At Novell, we are pursuing a two-tiered virtualization strategy, as we are both a virtualization vendor and an operating system vendor. That makes the dynamics of our business somewhat complex at times, but always very interesting.
On the virtualization side of the house, we offer our customers the opportunity to run a Xen-based host, either as an integrated part of their operating system or as an embedded standalone hypervisor product. Novell offers the only Xen virtualization solution with complete support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 guest operating systems. That means that if your Windows virtual machine runs into issues when it is running on the SUSE-Xen platform, then Microsoft will take your support call – without asking you to recreate the solution in a non-virtualized environment.
But we also realize that not every customer will choose to run Xen as their hypervisor, as there are these two other hypervisor companies out there by the names of Microsoft and VMware. If you choose one of those hypervisors, then you should know that we’ve endeavored to make SUSE Linux Enterprise into the “perfect guest” for those hypervisors. If you are running the VMware hypervisor, then you can run SLES as an optimzed virtual guest, thanks to the fact that we recently included the Virtual Machine Interface drivers in the SUSE Linux Enterprise kernel. And if you are one of those super-early adopters of Microsoft Hyper-V, then you should know that SUSE Linux Enterprise is the only Linux recommended by Microsoft to run as a guest on Hyper-V, and that we’ve optimized SUSE Linux Enterprise to be a first-class guest operating system on Hyper-V.
Now, there is more to virtualization than just a hypervisor – namely, the whole issue of management! Novell is unique in that we offer solutions for the management of both physical and virtual machines, from one single interface. Want to learn more? Then come back soon, as the next blogpost on this site will come from Richard Whitehead, the director of marketing for systems and resource management.
Till next time,