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Xen Project's plan after AWS goes KVM: Talk up embedded future

UPDATE Fresh from the news that Amazon Web Services intends to replace its hypervisor, the Xen Project will tell the world it has a fine future in embedded applications. Publicly-posted minutes of the Project's November Advisory Board call mentioned The Register's report of Amazon Web Services documents that revealed the cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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KVM plans big boosts to storage and nested virtualization

The Kernel-based Virtual Machine is making waves. Better known as “KVM”, the open source hypervisor runs Google's cloud and Cisco's using it as the hypervisor for its network function virtualization efforts. It is widely used by OpenStack users while Nutanix uses it to power the Acropolis code it hopes will see its users ditch …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Aug 2017
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Guest-host escape bug sees Xen project urge rapid upgrade

The Xen Project has released version 4.5.1 of its eponymous hypervisor and recommended that users upgrade, stat. The new release contains over 100 improvements, most bug fixes or improvements on version 4.5. There is, however, one bigg-ish new flaw in the form of XSA-135, a guest-host escape mess that means “A guest which has …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015

Nutanix 'working on a homebrew hypervisor', sources tell El Reg

We're not quite sure why Nutanix would be working on its own hypervisor, but apparently it is, The Register has learned. Sources on both sides of the Atlantic tell us development work on the hypervisor has reached an advanced state. The startup, based in San Jose, California, expects to talk about its efforts at its user …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2015
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BlackBerry's money-making QNX unit touts virty dual-OS devices

QNX Software Systems, the BlackBerry subsidiary that markets operating systems and tools for embedded systems, has released new virtualization software designed to allow device makers to deliver rich graphical UIs without sacrificing reliability or safety. QNX Hypervisor allows embedded devices to operate two OS instances at …
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2015

Xen accelerates ARM server race with version 4.5

Version 4.5 of the Xen hypervisor is upon us. Those responsible for the new release are chuffed to report they've packed a couple of dozen big new features in this time around, doubling the 4.4 release's count. And there's more to come: some useful stuff couldn't be squeezed into this release. But before we get to those …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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Fun and games in userland

Operating-system level virtualisation As we explained in part 2 of this series, A brief history of virtualisation, in the 1960s, it was a sound move to run one OS on top of a totally different one. On the hardware of the time, full multi-user time-sharing was a big challenge, which virtualisation neatly sidestepped by splitting …
Liam Proven, 18 Jul 2011
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Before 'the cloud' was cool: Virtualising the un-virtualisable

Buzzwords often have very short lifetimes in IT. Today it's cloud computing, but there would be no infinitely scalable cloud without the previous "big new thing": virtualisation. We take it for granted now, but it's worth remembering that it is still quite a new and relatively immature technology, with a long way to go. In …
Liam Proven, 11 Jul 2011
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Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp chum up against VMware

Who needs VMware? NetApp, Microsoft and Cisco are releasing validated server/hypervisor/storage designs for Hyper-V cloud data centres. We definitely won't call them vBlocks. These template designs are part of Microsoft's clumsily named Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and NetApp's storage component is called the even less- …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2011
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VMware lures SMBs with free treats

VMworld Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are aflocking to virtualization in droves, according to Joe Andrews, VMware's group manager of product marketing for, yes, SMBs. Acording to Andrews, who sat down with The Reg on Wednesday at the VMworld conference in San Francisco, VMware defines SMBs in the Americas and Europe as having 1, …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Sep 2009

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