Release: Virtual Iron 3.0

After a long beta testing Virtual Iron finally published the 3.0 release of its virtualization platform.

This new release is highly expected for 2 reasons:

  • the Xen open source hypervisor is now the underlying virtualization engine
  • Virtual Iron offers a free of charge version of the platform even for business deployments

Virtual Iron 3.0 is offered in 3 edition, with different capabilities and licensing:

  • Professional Edition
    supports partitioning and basic management of a single Virtualized Node (max. 2 sockets) and is available at no charge
  • Consolidation Edition
    supports server partitioning and basic management for multi-server configuration and support
  • Enterprise Edition
    enables server partitioning for multi-server configuration and advanced management capabilities for rapid provisioning, high availability (LiveMigrate, LiveRecovery), disaster recovery (LiveRecovery), workload management and policy-based automation (LiveCapacity)

Virtual Iron also offers download of open source modified software for this version here.

In any case the product requires a new generation CPU from AMD or Intel among following:

  • Intel Xeon 5000 or 7000 series
  • Intel Core Duo T2000 series
  • AMD Opteron 2200 or 8200 series

The product supports only 2 guest OSes:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 V2 (both 32 and 64bits)
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3 (both 32 and 64bits)

but Windows guest OS support is expected in the upcoming Virtual Iron 3.1 version, available in beta in the coming months.

All editions feature a remote deployable Virtualization Manager, powered by a web interface and capability to create and configure virtual machines, perform administrative tasks like backup and restore, investigate real hardware configuration and statistics, etc. in a manual or scheduled way (through a policy system).

Downlad Virtual Iron 3.0 Professional Edition free of charge here.

The Virtualization Industry Roadmap has been updated accordingly.