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Virtual Iron To Embrace Sun Galaxy Servers, Microsoft Windows

Virtual Iron has joined Sun Microsystems’ Partner Advantage Program and plans to offer its platform on Microsoft Windows next summer.

The Lowell, Mass.-based company, which develops advanced data-center virtualization and management software for Linux, recently announced support for Sun's new x64-based Galaxy servers based on AMD processors. By joining the Sun Partner Advantage Program, Virtual Iron aims to provide its resellers and Sun VARs with better tools to support product porting, migration, technical assistance and joint marketing opportunities.

Sun and Virtual Iron recently announced support for Xen, an open-source virtualization engine that has quickly established itself as the leading product in the open-source and Linux world.

Virtual Iron offers full data-center virtualization capabilities and, like VMware's VirtualCenter, advanced services for managing virtualized resources. For example, by using the platform, customers and partners can virtualize server, storage and network resources and use policy-based management to automatically provision resources to enterprise-class Linux applications running on Sun Fire x4100 and X4200 servers.

Currently, the platform runs on Linux only but will be offered on Windows next summer, Virtual Iron executives said.

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