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XenSource Poised To Reshape The Virtualization Market

With its first commercial open-source solutions expected to launch within weeks, XenSource is poised to challenge VMware and commoditize the virtualization software market, observers predict.

XenSource, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that oversees the open-source Xen project, is expected to launch in November its first management and automation solutions based on the open-source Xen 3 virtualization engine, said Simon Crosby, founder and vice president of strategy at XenSource.

XenSource plans to build a strong channel program for ISVs and solution providers. It also will offer a single certified Xen code base on which all development will take place to avoid portability problems.

The company recently demonstrated a policy-driven workload management solution for transactional enterprise applications using the Xen hypervisor.
A hypervisor enables several operating systems to run simultaneously, unmodified, on a host computer.

“Xen is the first real challenge to VMware in the hypervisor market for the x86,” said Tom Bittman, a vice president at research firm Gartner. “I don’t think Xen will take over the world, as it will be less mature initially, but it will be on the table.”

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