I wonder what Red Hat’s plan is with respect to pricing of virtualization using Xen on RHEL? That information is not yet public… but here’s a blog entry from ZDnet which seems to hint that they plan on undercutting VMware — and that this would be an industry shaking move. That is, when RHEL 5 finally ships. It’s already several months late.
!!! HELLO !!!
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10:
- …has been shipping since July 2006
- AND includes Xen virtualization
- AND there’s no additional charge for Xen beyond the normal SLES subscription
- AND you can run as many virtual machines as you want without additional cost on the same physical server
- AND it’s available today
- AND our partnership with Microsoft will enable us to easily get paravirtualized and fully virtualized Windows servers running on Xen very soon!
You could wait for RHEL 5 to ship… or you could start taking advantage of this virtualization technology today with SLES. Wouldn’t you prefer to use a product that leads in the technology arena, rather than one that simply follows? We don’t call SLES the “best engineered” enterprise Linux distribution for nothing… 🙂