Sun Announces xVM Server, xVM Ops Center 2.0 — Public Release Coming Soon

Sun Microsystems today announced the availability of Sun xVM Server software and Sun xVM Ops Center 2.0, key components in its strategy. Sun also announced the addition of comprehensive services and support for Sun xVM Server software and xVM Ops Center 2.0 to its virtualization suite of services . Additionally, Sun launched, a new open source community, where developers can download the first source code bundle for Sun xVM Server software and contribute to the direction and development of the product.

Sun xVM Server software and xVM Ops Center 2.0 join Sun’s xVM product portfolio, which includes Sun xVM VirtualBox software for desktop virtualization and Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software for virtual desktop consolidation and management.

Sun offers standalone subscriptions for Sun xVM Server software and Sun xVM Ops Center, as well as additional options that offer the combined benefits of the two products. Commercial subscriptions are priced annually in four-socket increments and provide premium 24X7 support, access to the latest, up-to-the-minute patches and updates, as well as installation and training.

Available pricing options include:

  • Sun xVM Server software: Priced at $500/year per physical server.
  • Sun xVM Infrastructure Enterprise Subscription: Priced at $2000 per physical server per year, the enterprise subscription is designed to simplify the management of large scale virtualized environments and includes advanced features, such as management of live migration and of multiple network storage libraries.
  • Sun xVM Infrastructure Datacenter Subscription: Priced at $3000 per server per year, this option includes all the features in the Sun xVM Infrastructure Enterprise Subscription in addition to physical server monitoring, management and advanced software lifecycle management capabilities.
  • Sun xVM Ops Center: Available from $100 per managed server up to $350 a year, depending on customer selected features, along with a required $10,000 Satellite Server annual subscription for Sun xVM Ops Center.

Good news also for licensing, straight from ‘Virtual’ Steve Wilson’s blog:

“xVM Server is comprised of several open source components, and some have different source licenses, but the bulk of the code specific to xVM Server (including the all-new management UI) is being distributed through under GPL v3.”

As for actual public availability:

Sun started early access testing with a limited number of customers last month. The company will now be increasing the number in the EA program and selected several additional customers already from those who have registered.  For those who’ve registered for the early access, more details on the program will be informed shortly.  Sun is aiming for a generally available binary EA release from in about 30 days and a release candidate within 60 days.

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