The Way of Xen

Steve Hamm

Here's an odd twist. Microsoft, the whale of software, is being bedeviled by a small fish, VMware, the pioneer of virtualization technology for PCs and PC servers. But, in turn, VMware faces a challenge from an even smaller fish--Xen, the open-source server virtualization package. Xen is a guppy that could grow up to be a shark.

It's being built into the Linux and NetBSD open-source operating systems, and tech suppliers including Hewlett-Packard, AMD, Novell, and Red Hat are behind it. This is yet another example of how the foundations of corporate computing are being rebuilt with open-source bricks.

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