xVM is an open-source server virtualization solution from Sun based on Xen hypervisor.
Sun xVM virtualization suite
In September 2008, Sun introduced the xVM virtualization suite which includes solutions for both desktop and server virtualization.
Sun Solaris xVM server
xVM Server is a bare-metal hypervisor based on the open source Xen under a Solaris environment on x86-64 systems. On SPARC systems, xVM is based on Sun's Logical Domains and Solaris. Sun plans to support Microsoft Windows (on x86-64 systems only), Linux, and Solaris as guest operating systems.
Solaris xVM Server features
- Solaris can be the host system (dom0) and a guest (virtualized) system (domU)
- x86/x64 and SPARC architectures supported (on SPARC, xVM Server utilizes Solaris LDOMs)
- support for full (hardware) and paravirtualized VMs
- savecore capability
- guest Solaris systems can be installed via JumpStart
Solaris xVM Server imitations
- Windows can only be run in full virtualization (requires hardware support: Intel VT and AMD-V)