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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

So hopefully we're begining to see light at the end of the Tunnel?

Microsoft, VMware Agree: They Better Cooperate

By on Virtual Server

VMware and Microsoft both said they're working behind the scenes to make it easier for virtualization users to migrate across their differing virtualization environments and run each other's virtualized files.

But so far, it's only virtual kumbaya. Neither one is saying how they're going to do it.

XenSource, the company sponsoring the open-source Xen hypervisor, is a Microsoft partner and said it, too, is a party to the out-of-the-limelight talks and will heed any agreed-upon standards or translation methods. No single, specific standard, such as a shared virtual file format, is under discussion, however.

"Initiatives are underway. They're just not ready for disclosure," said Patrick Lin, VMware's senior director of product management, at the end of a panel sponsored by chipmaker AMD at the Westin San Francisco.

The panel followed daylong briefings by analysts at IDC's Virtualization 2.0 Forum at the Miyako Hotel a mile away. AMD took advantage of the event to put the different vendors in front of microphones to elicit a pledge of cooperation and videotape the results.

Microsoft's Bob Tenczar, director of product management in the Windows Server division, said Microsoft had formed interoperability agreements with Xen and Novell to ensure that Linux runs in virtualized environments under Windows. The upcoming Veridian hypervisor in Windows Longhorn Server will be able to host both types of virtual machines.

John Bara, VP of marketing at XenSource, said, "We're all working together for virtual machine interoperability. The more virtualization expands, the more we will all benefit."

VMware, the most successful virtualization vendor by market share, uses the VMDK format for its virtualized files. An operating system and application configured to work together can be combined into one virtualized file and run in a virtual machine. But VMware's VMDK files don't run in Microsoft Virtual Server, and Microsoft VHD files don't run in VMware Server or VMware's ESX Server.

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 4:06 PM VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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