Server Virtualization Options that are available today

Virtualization! What does it mean? If you are not aware of this concept then article at is good read.
However, below is the list of virtualization providers that I can think of.
+ VMware – VMware Player and VMware Server are one of the free products that are available. However, it requires registration. Other virtualization products are also available.
+ Xen – An open source industry standard for virtualization.
+ Citrix XenServer ( Based on Xen Hypervisor) – An enterprise-class, cloud-proven server virtualization and its free.
+ Microsoft Virtualization (Hyper-V) – It has now become part of Windows Server 2008
+ Parallels Virtuozzo - Creates isolated virtual environments (VE) or containers on a single physical server and OS instance.
+ KVM – An Open Source full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware
+ Sun VirtualBox  – An Open Source virtualization product.
+ Solaris Zones, LDOMs
+ IBM PowerVM
+ OpenVZ – A container-based virtualization for Linux.
+ Linux-VServer – A virtualization for GNU/Linux systems
+ QEMU – A generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer.
+ UML – User Mode Linux
Are you aware of any other virtualization provider? Then do let everyone know in comments below.

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  1. IMHO if you say that Citrix XenServer is "An enterprise-class" you cannot forget the others like vSphere (the most used), Hyper-V, Redhat KVM, Virtuozzo, IBM PowerVM, etc...

  2. That's true. There are multiple enterprise class virtualization solutions availabe today. However, your comments will be helpful for other readers to understand that multiple enterprise class virtualization solutions are listed in above post. It just happened that I didn't specify 'enterprise-class' word against every provider in this post.


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