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Re: OT: Xen

  • From: Todd Vierling
  • Date: Mon Apr 03 14:50:02 2006

On Mon, 3 Apr 2006, [email protected] wrote:

> Solaris shops are going to find Zones useful.  Linux shops are going to find
> Xen useful. However, I severely doubt that Zones are going to attract any Linux
> shops, or that Xen will be enough to make Solaris shops convert.

Xen's bigges strength really is in the colocation business.  With VX-enabled
machines, it is capable of running instrumented OS's (Linux, Free/NetBSD) at
almost native speeds, and non-instrumented OS's (Windows, Solaris) with a
couple-% hit.  It's that flexibility that leads to colo as the market where
Xen shines.

If it really were an OS-specific issue, then "Linux shops" might as well use
UML.  (<cough> <shudder>)

-- Todd Vierling <[email protected]> <[email protected]> <[email protected]>