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Sun Sets Out Virtualization Plans

Sun today laid down its virtualization roadmap for the next few years today, detailing a somewhat vague set of plans to tie its server, storage, and desktop offerings together.

"Sun is a company that has virtualization in its DNA," said Steve Wilson, the vendor's vice president of systems management, on a conference call earlier today, but admitted the vendor has not always done a good job of getting this message across.

A number of vendors are currently attempting to tie server, storage, and desktop virtualization together, including Citrix, which recently threw down $500 million for XenSource, Symantec, and VMware, which snapped up desktop virtualization specialist Dunes last month.

Sun, which recently revealed that it will use source code from the Xen hypervisor within its Solaris operating system, today confirmed that this will be at the heart of its long-term virtualization strategy.

Hypervisors, which let multiple operating systems run on the same piece of hardware, are at the heart of flagship virtualization products from XenSource and VMware, although users have called on vendors to step up their efforts around the technology.

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